His May 8 1868 General Order #11 said...
"I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the Nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude,--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.
II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
III. Department commanders will use every effort to make this order effective.
By command of:
JOHN A. LOGAN,
Readers are very cognizant of the fact that both men AND WOMEN have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom across North America, and elsewhere, going back to Revolutionary days if not earlier.
Lenah was born in a place called Chatham... New Brunswick, Canada.
The images above are the front and back of the Civil War version army Medal of Honor awarded First Sergeant Hanna for his duties, with 28 others, In the final escorting of the remains of the late President Abraham Lincoln from Washington to Springfield in 1865. The image must be very rare indeed. I can only find one other on the net.
This was one of the medals that became victim of the 1917 Purge, noted often in this space.
On a final note, earlier today I was sent a most moving clip about a US Naval Reserve Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Loyce Edward Deen.
He was acting as a gunner during an air attack against a Japanese carrier in Manila. Gunner Deen's plane was so shot up that it is strange that it was not blown out of the sky. It managed to make it back home to its own carrier but when it came to a halt Deen was found dead at his station.
The crew decided that the plane should become his coffin and carried out a burial at sea for both. Probably a first and only such burial in US history. Here is a link you should have a look at, and please turn on your speakers
See you next week with another very important development regarding Medals of Honor.