Sherman’s March, May 24, 1865: The Grand Review and the end of the Great March

At 9 a.m., 150 years ago this morning, a signal gun and triggered the procession of Major-General William T. Sherman’s command on their Grand Review in front of cheering crowds in Washington D.C. Sherman and Major-General Oliver O. Howard lead the procession with their staffs.  Behind them came Major-General John Logan and the Fifteenth Corps.Continue reading “Sherman’s March, May 24, 1865: The Grand Review and the end of the Great March”

May 23, 1865: The Army of the Potomac on Parade

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 formationsContinue reading “May 23, 1865: The Army of the Potomac on Parade”

April 15, 1865: “It is too horrible to contemplate with composure” – the focus of the armies turn on the news

It is very easy for us to get caught up in the significance of a historical event, and forget that those living through the times were, just as you and I do today, living each day as moment to moment.  We all track that Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on the evening of April 14, 1865. Continue reading “April 15, 1865: “It is too horrible to contemplate with composure” – the focus of the armies turn on the news”