This section is from the book "The National Capitol. Its Architecture Art And History", by George C. Hazelton, Jr. Also available from Amazon: The National Capitol Its Architecture Art and History.
Booth shot Lincoln a few minutes after ten o'clock on the evening of Good Friday, April 14, 1865. The President passed away the next day in a private house opposite Ford's Theater, where the tragedy occurred. The funeral ceremony proper was held in the East Room of the White House, April 19th, after which, at two o'clock in the afternoon, the procession started for the Capitol, amidst tolling of bells, firing of cannon and general mourning. The cortege slowly ascended the hill to the north of the Capitol, entered the great gates and proceeded to the central eastern stairway, where it halted. The casket of the dead President was borne up the steps, beneath the very spot where six weeks before he had delivered his second inaugural. The remains were lovingly laid in state oh a simple bier, draped.in black, in the center of the rotunda, beneath the frescoed canopy. The hall itself was hung with mournful trappings. A second service was then read; and the procession dispersed, leaving the sacred remains guarded by officers with drawn swords. Night closed in, and the little jets concealed in the upper dome cast mysterious reflections through the great hall of the Capitol. All was hushed; for the chieftain slept! The body lay in state throughout the following day, when thousands paid their tearful homage to the spot. Before seven o'clock on the morning of the 21st, the little box, which held so much that the people loved and honored, was escorted to the Baltimore and Ohio station to be given back to the State which proudly and sadly claimed it, Lieutenant-General Grant closely following the casket of his peace-loving commander-in-chief whose fortunes strangely had been cast in the midst of war.