|Army coming down Pennsylvania Ave|
Lincoln's successor, President Andrew Johnson, made plans for a formal review of the Union troops in part to mark the end of the war and the Union victory, but also to try to lift the spirits of citizens in the capital and across the nation. On May 18, 1865 the army issued Special Order No. 239, calling for a Grand Review, a two day parade in Washington, DC of the main Union armies. In all, more than 150,000 soldiers would parade through the nation's capital, filing past the president and his cabinet, as well as Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant positioned on a special reviewing stand in front of the White House.
|Army filing past Presidential Review Stand, 1865|
|Army filing past crowd|
How do you plan to commemorate the closing days of the Civil War?
Briana Welch, Eastern Senior High School