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Victory Lap
Photograph by Mathew Brady

The Union Army marched through the streets of Washington, D.C., in May 1865—six weeks after Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces surrendered. Famous Civil War photographer Mathew Brady captured this scene at the Capitol, where William Tecumseh Sherman's Armies of Georgia and of the Tennessee and George Gordon Meade's Army of the Potomac began their march to the White House of newly installed President Andrew Johnson. For many of the soldiers, this march was their last official military duty; within weeks of the review the Union armies had disbanded. The flag flying at half-staff and the black bunting adorning the Capitol pay tribute to President Abraham Lincoln, who had been assassinated and buried just weeks before the celebration.





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