“The McPherson statue was unveiled on 18 October 1876 during the 10th Reunion of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee. The dedication ceremonies, although modest, set the pattern for the more elaborate ones that followed in rapid succession: first a military parade featuring hundreds of veterans marching with their societies, with their G. A. R. units, and independently; followed by a host of dignitaries, usually including the President, taking their seats on the platform; then a series of patriotic speeches by high-ranking former comrades; and finally the actual unveiling of the statue. It was Sherman, Commanding General of the Army, who presided over the McPherson unveiling and Logan who delivered the chief address, which was on the theme of sacrifice. After more music and a prayer, the ceremony that would become the prototype for more than a dozen more ended, and “McPherson’s boys” solemnly dispersed.” — Testament to Union: Civil War Monuments in Washington, Kathryrn Allamon Jacob
My passion is studying American history leading up to & including the Civil War. I particularly enjoy reading, transcribing & researching primary sources such as letters and diaries.