As we look back 150 years, May 23 is the anniversary of the first day of the Grand Review. Keep in mind that we have sort of placed a spin on what the Grand Review was and is with separation from the event. At the time, this was a celebration to honor the Army formations which had fought through numerous prominent campaigns during the war. It was more a “closure” for the units than it was some demarcation of the end of war. Some have, of late, started putting even more spin on the event, as they inquire about who was invited to march. Let’s avoid the pitfall of putting innuendo where fact should provide basis for our interpretation. The Grand Review was a “last honor” for three field armies. And the first to step out on that review, 150 years ago today, was the Army of the Potomac.
Already this morning, Alan Gathman (Seven Score and Ten), Eric (Civil War Daily Gazette), and General Sherman’s Blog have installments detailing this event. I recommend stopping by those blogs for a read when you have a moment on this holiday weekend… Memorial Day weekend, how appropriate.
As I’ve been following Sherman’s march for the last few months, I’ll have more to say on the Grand Review tomorrow. But for now, I’ll close with…