What were the rules used to select the 29 men of the VRC who escorted Lincoln's remains to Springfield?

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I have found a list of names and ranks of the 29 members of the Veteran Reserve Corp who escorted Lincoln remains to Springfield.  These 29 men were the only ones allowed to move the coffin from place to place during the long funeral journey.  However, I can find no criteria by which they were chosen.  For the List of the 29 at the following web address Lincoln Discussion Symposium.  Remark by RJNortonhttp://rogerjnorton.com/LincolnDiscussionSymposium/thread.  2136.html.  Original list source from list source: Dr. Wayne Wesolowski. 

That is all I have found thus far. Will keep looking.

by Jo Grasso G2G6 (8.9k points)
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Most probably chosen by  Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton and General Edward D. Townsend.   See "Lincoln's Classroom: The Funeral Train of Abraham Lincoln" at http://www.abrahamlincolnsclassroom.org/abraham-lincoln-in-depth/the-funeral-train-of-abraham-lincoln/.
by Jo Grasso G2G6 (8.9k points)
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All were given the Medal oh Honor for serving as Lincoln's Honor guard.  Medals rescended in 1917 because the medal was not earned in combat.  http://homeofheroes.com/moh/corrections/lincoln_burial.html
by Jo Grasso G2G6 (8.9k points)
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