Special Order April 17, 1865

Navy Department,
Washington, April 17, 1865.

[Navy Department Closure for Funeral of President Lincoln]

By order of the President of the United States, the Navy Department will be closed on Wednesday next, the day of the funeral solemnities of the late President of the United States. Labor will also be suspended on that day at each of the navy yards and naval stations and upon all the vessels of the United States. The flags of all vessels and at all navy yards and stations and marine barracks will be kept at half-mast during the day and at twelve o'clock meridian twenty-one minute-guns will be fired by the senior officer of each squadron and the commandants of the navy yards and stations.

[To Commanders of Stations]

Gideon Welles,
Secretary of the Navy.