On this date in 1865, the body of Abraham Lincoln arrived in Philadelphia and was taken to Independence Hall for viewing over the next two days. The nine car train had left Washington the day before and made three stops in Maryland before stopping for the night in Harrisburg, PA.
At 10:00 A.M. 40,000 people lined Harrisburg's streets to watch the hearse carry the coffin back to the depot. At 11:15 A.M. the train departed Harrisburg for the 106-mile journey over the Pennsylvania Railroad to Philadelphia where it arrived at the Broad Street Station at 4:30 P.M. A hearse took Mr. Lincoln's coffin through Philadelphia's jam-packed streets to Independence Hall. There the coffin was placed in the East Wing where the Declaration of Independence had been signed. Viewing that evening was by invitation only.
The next day an estimated 300,000 would pay their respects, some waiting in line as long as five hours.
As the train bearing Lincoln's body arrived in Philadelphia, the hunted John Wilkes Booth and his companion David Herold were holed up in a Maryland farm house awaiting nightfall and a second attempt to row across the Potomac and escape to Virginia.
Further south in North Carolina, Union Gen. Sherman and Confederate Gen. Johnston had arranged a cease-fire a week after Lee surrendured. After several days of negotiation they agreed on terms of surrender for the remaining rebel forces on April 19. However, Sherman had exceeded his authority by including post-war civil and political arrangements and they were rejected in Washington, D.C. Sherman's long time friend, Gen. U.S. Grant was dispatched to North Carolina to get things cleared up.
It was a necessary formality, but thousands of rebel soldiers had already decided not to wait and deserted their units, if you can call it that, for home.