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  • Albumen Photograph Grand Review of the Army, Washignton, D.C. by James E. Taylor

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    Grand Review of the Army - Inventory Number: ALB 009

    Albumen Photograph of engraving of the Grand Review parade of the Army, Washington, D.C., 1865; 1881 painting by James E. Taylor, based on a photograph by George Prince 1881.

    Watercolor painting on paper depicts William T. Sherman's Army in the Grand Review in Washington, D.C., in May 23-24, 1865 after the surrender of the Confederacy. The watercolor shows Sherman's veterans with battle-torn flags marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in the last review before disbanding at the end of the Civil War. The artist signed and dated the work: "James E. Taylor July 1st, 1881."

    This victory parade would be the last time the two main armies of the Union, the Army of the Potomac and the Army of the Tennessee, would march together, as the armies disbanded and the men went home after this review. The black crepe, hung in honor of slain President Lincoln, was removed for the celebration. On May 23rd, the soldiers of the Potomac, 100,000 strong and sixty abreast, led by General Meade, marched down Pennsylvania Avenue past the reviewing stand with President Andrew Johnson and General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant and other dignitaries. On May 24th, the soldiers of the Tennessee and the Army of Georgia thronged the streets. Led by Generals William Tecumseh Sherman and Oliver O. Howard, the men marched for six hours with the crowds cheering and calling them "magnificent."

    Archivally mounted, unframed.  Mount measures 20" x 16"

    Inventory Number: ALB 009 On-hold