ad been captured, and 174,223 Confederate soldiers had been paroled.
There was no longer a rebel in arms, the Union cause had triumphed, slavery was abolished, and the National Government was again supreme.
The Army of the Potomac, Sheridan's cavalry, and Sherman's army had all reached the capital by the end of May.
Sheridan could not remain with his famous corps, for General Grant sent him post-haste to the Rio Grande to look after operations there in a contemplated movement against Maximilian's forces, who were upholding a monarchy in Mexico, in violation of the Monroe doctrine.
It was decided that the troops assembled at Washington should be marched in review through the nation's capital before being mustered out of service.
The Army of the Potomac, being senior in date of organization, and having been for four years the more direct defense of the capital city, was given precedence, and May 23 was designated as the day on which it was to be reviewed.
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