This Week in the Civil War - #1094
On the second day of the grand review of Union forces in Washington, D.C., the troops of the West, including William Tecumseh Sherman’s forces, marched in review. Sherman’s troops, more ragged and loose in their march and in some cases carrying the spoils of their foraging, sharply contrasted with the more disciplined Army of the Potomac. Negro followers joined with their camp pets, adding a less formal air to the Grand Review. Stopping at the presidential reviewing stand, Sherman dismounted and quickly shook hands with President Andrew Johnson but clearly refused the hand of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who had disavowed Sherman’s terms of surrender offered to Confederate General Joseph Johnston. It was a clearly intended snub which both men would not forget nor forgive.