This Week in the Civil War - #1093
With the war concluding and Jefferson Davis in custody, on May 23 and May 24, 1865 a grand review of Union troops was held in Washington, D.C. With the White House flag at full staff for the first time since Lincoln’s death, thousands of soldiers of the Army of the Potomac, division by division, corps by corps, triumphantly marched through the national capital to the admiration of thousands who lined the streets. The crowd cheered for the dashing cavalry, the long lines of infantry, and the horse drawn artillery. It was truly a march of victory and triumph. Yet unseen there were the thousands of soldiers on both sides who had fallen on the numerous battlefields over the last, four plus years of fighting. But the war was finally over.