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Willie's Funeral

Willie's funeral was held on the afternoon of February 24, 1862, in the East Room of the Executive Mansion, with leading members of the government and military in attendance. Reverend Phineas Gurley, pastor of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington and the Lincolns’ family friend, delivered the eulogy. Abraham Lincoln attended the funeral, but Mary did not, remaining in her room for three weeks afterward.

After Willie's death, Lincoln gained some respite from his suffering by caring for and favoring Tad, who was still recovering from his own illness and was heartbroken over the loss of his playmate and brother. Lincoln was often called out of meetings to be with Tad and give him his medicine. Lincoln often picked him up and carried him along to meetings.