Thursday, December 26, 2013

Funeral Car Of Commodore Perry


"It was made to resemble as nearly as possible the boat, or gig, in which the gallant Perry left his sinking ship, during the battle of Erie--painted black and elevated on carriage wheels. On its stern appeared the name of the flag ship "Lawrence," with thirteen stars above it, and standing on a globe at the prow a golden spread eagle. The car was surmounted by a canopy supported by four ornamented pillars, the whole covered with black velvet richly fringed. Twenty-four golden stars around the top of the canopy represented the several States The canopy was ornamented with rich sable plumes."   Newport Mercury Dec 26th 1826

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