Funeral of Ulysses S. Grant

Black and white photo of a funeral procession going down the street with crowds of people on the sidewalk on either end and high buildings surrounding
Funeral of Ulysses S. Grant, August 8, 1885

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Held on August 8, 1885 in New York City, Grant’s funeral procession surpassed any public demonstration in the country up until that time, with an attendance of 1.5 million people, and additional ceremonies held in other major cities around the country.
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General Grant Funeral, 1912

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The day was described as a final, triumphant end to the national drama begun by the Civil War, as well as a day to praise Grant’s role in preserving the Union.
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Ulysses S. Grant Funeral Process, 1885

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A newspaper editorial proclaimed that Grant’s life did not need to be remembered in sculpture, pictures, prose, or poetry because “the union is his monument.”
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Notables in carriages in parade and spectators along street for the funeral of Pres. Ulysses S. Grant, New York City, 1885

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The theme of unity was advanced by President Grover Cleveland when he appointed former Confederate Generals Joseph Johnston and Simon B. Buckner to join Union Generals William T. Sherman and Philip H. Sheridan as pallbearers.
Black and white photo of a crowd of people in a line along grass with a small tomb to the right of them
Temporary Tomb of General Grant, Riverside Park, 1886

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The New York Herald wrote in their publication after Grant's death that “he had his faults, who has not? We cannot see them because the brilliancy of his deeds shines in our eyes.”

Last updated: July 22, 2021