Continuation

Yesterday I wrote about the possible involvement of my 2nd great grandfather, George W. Huff and the famous Ulysses S. Grant funeral procession. At the end of the blog post I asked the question if he played taps at the internment. I researched this a bit further by reviewing the historic Brooklyn Daily Eagle throughout the first week of August.

Beginning in July and through August 8, there are articles about the funeral and wake preparations with names, dates, and places. It is remarkable to have free access to such amazing documents.

I was able to find some information about the important role the military band(s) played in the funeral procession. Here are a number of excerpts from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on August 8, 1885.

excerpt 2 from Brooklyn Eagle 8-8-85
Excerpt 1
Excerpt from Brooklyn Daily Eagle 8 Aug 1885
Excerpt 2
last excerpts from Brooklyn Eagle 8-8-85
Excerpt 3
excerpt 3 from Brooklyn Eagle 8-8-85
Excerpt 4. NOTE: Taps was played by a bugler from the 5th Artillery, just not my 2nd great grandfather. 

I am amazed that in 24 hrs I was able to find numerous articles on-line detailing the entire death and funeral process for President Grant from one paper in Brooklyn, NY. And to think that his paper actually names the bugler and cites his battery, is remarkable. Thank God for great journalism and digital archives.

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