From The Sun, Vol. Lvii -- No. 7 Baltimore, Wednesday...

June 04, 2000






The parade and review of the Army of the Potomac, which took place in Washington yesterday, was, from all accounts, one of the grandest military pageants of modern times, and was witnessed by assembled thousands from various sections of the country. For several days extra trains of cars, filled with passengers, had been arriving, while steamboats came crowded, and the various roads leading to the city were thronged by country people from far and near. Such a concourse, it is said, has not for years assembled in Washington. Thousands of strangers had to be turned away from the hotels, and hundreds were compelled to spend Monday night in the open air.

At sunrise yesterday morning the various points along Pennsylvania Avenue, likely to command a good view of the parade, were occupied by anxious thousands, all waiting patiently until nine o'clock, the hour named for the column to move. The avenue, from the Capitol to the President's house, is represented to have been occupied by a dense mass of men, women and children, at an early hour, and to give an idea of the immense parade of military, it may be stated that it is said to have required about one hour and three quarters for the cavalry alone to pass a given point, and for the whole procession about six hours. The following details we take from the Star of last evening:

The public schools.

The pupils of the public schools of the city assembled at an early hour, and each district, accompanied by the trustees, teachers, and headed by a band of music, marched to the Capitol, the girls taking a position on the northern steps of the portico and the boys on the hillside, where, as the procession passed, under the direction of Professor Daniel, they sang a number of appropriate pieces, including the "Battle Cry of Freedom," "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "Victory at Last." The girls dressed in white, and the boys in white pants and black jackets, and displaying miniature wreaths and bouquets, formed a most picturesque assemblage, attracting great attention.

The stands.

On Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the President's house, four stands were erected by the government. The main pavilion, on the south side of the avenue, designated as No. 1, and which was occupied by President Johnson, Lieut. Gen. Grant, members of the Cabinet, heads of civil and military departments, and the corps diplomatic, was beautifully festooned with American and battleflags, and decorated with flowers and evergreens. Immediately over the centre of the pavilion, and at each end of the same, were large sized stars formed of flowers and evergreens, while the following names of battles in which many of the troops had participated were conspicuously displayed from the top of the pavilion: Gettysburg, Donelson, Bentonsville, Petersburg, Richmond, Vicksburg, Shiloh, South Mountain, South River and Wilderness.

From this stand the band of the 16th New York regiment discoursed some fine music.

Stand No. 2 was on the north side of the avenue, immediately opposite the main pavilion. Here the band of the14th regiment Veteran Reserve Corps was stationed, while the seats were occupied by governors of States, members of Congress, judges of the United States and their families. This stand was also handsomely decorated with flags.

Stand No. 3, on the east side of the center pavilion, and No. 4, on the west side, were occupied by officers, members of the press, wounded soldiers and invited guests. Admirals and Commodores of the Navy were also assigned seats on these stands.

On the east side of stand No. 2 were a number of stands, which had been erected by the various State agencies. A number of these stands bore suitable mottoes, among which we noticed particularly: "Connecticut greets all who bravely fought, and weeps for all who fell;" "Massachusetts greets the Country's Defenders."

Stands for the use of the officers and their families of the 2d, 5th, and 9th corps, and the Engineer's Brigade, were erected on the west side of No. 2 and were densely crowded with persons.

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