Wreath is said to have been taken from Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth's, 1837-1861 coffin.
Photographic print of Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth, 1837-1861 full length, facing forward . Dressed in suit, tie, shirt and cape over shoulders. Right hand partially in trouser pocket. Left hand at side holding cap and cane. To the left are a pillar and drape.
Shortly after the Civil War began, Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a close friend of Mary and Abraham Lincoln, was shot while trying to capture a Confederate flag in Alexandria, Virginia. Per Lincoln's order, Ellsworth lay in state at the White House and Mrs. Lincoln placed this commemorative portrait on his casket during the funeral services. Ellsworth was the first Union army officer to die in the war and became a much-celebrated hero.