From The Sun, Vol. Lvii -- No. 8, Baltimore, Thursday...

June 04, 2000



March of Gen. Sherman's Army Through the National Capital.

Yesterday the grand Army of Tennessee and Georgia, under Major General Sherman, made its triumphant parade through the streets of Washington city, and was reviewed by the President and Lieut. Gen. Grant, The ceremonies were similar to those of the previous day, when the Army of the Potomac was reviewed. From the Washington Republican and Star of last evening we make up the following account of the parade and review.

The Movement.

At nine o'clock, a signal gun, fired by the leading battery, announced the advance of the armies, which passed around the Capitol, down on to the avenue, and up towards the brilliant square occupied by the President and General Grant, and surrounded by the wisdom, beauty, and fashion of the nation.

The Scene in Front of the President's Mansion.

When the head of Gen. Sherman's column wheeled into Pennsylvania avenue from Fifteenth street, the great multitude of people thronging the sidewalks to the main stand of the reviewing officers sent up a shout of welcome that made the welkin ring and the general's heart leap. Upon arriving in front of Major General Augur's headquarters General Sherman removed his hat, rode near the building and bowed very low to some person sitting at one of the second story windows. The thousands who gazed at this unusual demonstration of respect, and wondered to whom it was given, will be glad to know that the recipient was no less a personage than the Hon. William H. Seward, Secretary of State, who was reviewing the parade, accompanied by several members of his family and Major General Barnes, surgeon general of the army.

The enthusiasm increased as Gen. Sherman drew near the Presidential stand. He "came up with the light of battle on his face," his head uncovered, his eyes fixed upon the Commander and General-in-Chief, Johnson and Grant, who stood together. His charger was decked with the choicest flowers and wreaths, plucked and wrought by the fair hands of brave ladies. The animal seemed to be inspired with the spirit of the occasion, and bore the conqueror most gracefully, bowing its fine head to the Presidential stand, thus displaying an elegant mane, champing its bit, and pawing the ground with as much precision as if he was trying to "take step to the music of the Union."

After passing the main stand, Gen. Sherman dismounted and joined the reviewing party. Upon arriving at the stand he approached the president, and after a conversation with him, shook hands with General Grant and several others, and then became seated.

Gen. Howard and Suite.

By the side of General Sherman rode General Howard, lately commander of the Army of the Tennessee, with his right sleeve empty; followed by the general staff and escort, consisting of the 1st Michigan Engineers and 1st Missouri Engineers, Col. J. B. Yates, commanding. Then followed Major General John A. Logan, commanding the Army of the Tennessee, and staff, and the 15th Army Corps and the 17th Army Corps, Major General F. P. Blair, commanding.

Next came the Army of Georgia, led by its able commander, Major Gen. Slocum, who has fought from the first Bull through the Peninsula campaign, and all the way ground from Mississippi via Atlanta and Savannah to Goldsboro'. The General received quite an ovation as he rode at the head of his command, his many Washington friends as well as Pennsylvanians, cheering him at numberless points on the route. The General was also one of those who received a tribute from the ladies in the shape of a handsome bouquet.

The Army of Georgia is composed of the Twentieth Corps, Major Gen. J. A. Mower, commanding, and the Fourteenth Corps, Brevet Major General J. C. Davis, commanding. The officers of the various commands bore themselves as if they felt that they "had done the State some service, and they knew it."

Along the Line.

The crowds of persons on the housetops, in the windows, and on the sidewalk greeted the column as it passed with waving handerkerchiefs, flags and deafening cheers. Bouquets were thrown to the men as they passed. As a regiment would pass with its tattered battle-flags the most deafening cheers would be given by the vast multitude.

Appearance of Sherman's Heroes.

Although they have but just arrived from their toilsome campaign in the South, Sherman's men appeared in good trim. It was generally remarked that they had displayed a fine physique, and had apparently profited from their foraging among the fat turkies of Georgia. Their faces were finely bronzed, and they marched with a firm, elastic step. So promptly were their movements executed, that the column had passed the reviewing stand about 4 o'clock P.M.

Incidents of the Parade.

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