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1865 August 26: A New Proposed Tomb for Lincoln; Jubal Early in Washington

August 30, 2015

These two smaller articles come from The Prescott Journal of August 26, 1865.

Proposed Tomb for the Remains of the Late President Lincoln.
(From the Springfield, Ill., Journal.)

We had the opportunity, a few days since of examining the plan and drawings made by L. D. Cleveland, Esq., architect of the tomb proposed to be built at Oak Ridge Cemetery, to receive the remains of the late President Lincoln.—The mausoleum, if built in accordance with the plan furnished by Mr. Cleveland, will be a beautiful structure, and is to be placed a short distance from the proposed monument.  In size, it will be twenty and one-half feet, by fifteen and one-half feet on the ground, nine feet in height to the cornice, and twenty feet to the apex of the roof, finished with four winged buttresses, surmounted with Gothic pinnacles, which  are connected with the roof by “flying” buttresses.  A room, eight by ten, on the ground, and thirteen and a half feet high, is to be finished with “grained” arches, in the front part of the structure, for a chapel.  In the rear of this room will be twelve catacombs for depositing the dead.  The door will be of iron, with open pannels [sic] at the top for ventilation.  The walls of the structure are to be finished with stone, and the floor with polished marble.  We understand that the above plan has been presented for the consideration of the Directors of the Monument Association, but has not yet been acted upon.¹

Jubal Early turns up at Washington.—Ex-General Jubal Early, who was up in this neighborhood last summer, and left on account of the bad air, has been, and I believe still is, in the city.  He swaggers along the avenue as large as a Dutch General.  On last Friday evening he was out with a number of resident friends on the street talking arrogantly and loudly of “the humiliation of asking pardon of the President” and swearing that, “he would scorn to do such a thing,” that he had “lots of money in Europe to live on,” &c.  Shortly afterwards he visited a low theatre—the Canterbury, and became rather beery.  The President, he said, was welcome to take all the property of Jubal Early he could find “and go to hell with it,” &c.  All of which sounds remarkably well, coming from one of our erring brethren.

Lincoln Tomb1.  The actual Lincoln Tomb in Oak Ridge Cemetery (Springfield, Illinois) was designed by American sculptor Larkin Goldsmith Mead, Jr. (1835-1910). Early in the Civil War, Mead worked as an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly and was at the front with the Army of the Potomac for six months. He moved to Florence, Italy, returning briefly in 1865. His brother William Rutherford Mead (1846-1928) was a well-known architect with the firm McKim, Mead, and White.

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