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The Won CauseBlack and White Comradeship in the Grand Army of the Republic$
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Barbara A. Gannon

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834527

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877708_gannon

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(p.1) Introduction
The Won Cause

Barbara A. Gannon

University of North Carolina Press

This book begins with the review of the Grand Army of the Republic, who passed down the broad avenues of Washington, D.C.—tens of thousands of veterans, black and white, marching together in commemoration of northern victory in the Civil War. One newspaper proclaimed, “The entire nation unites to celebrate the valor and patriotism of the brave soldiers who fought in defense of the Union.” A group of African American veterans was singled out for praise: “They marched as they fought, nobly.” The white and black spectators watching the parade recognized the “colored troops” with “hearty applause.” This was not a description of the Grand Review of the victorious northern army in 1865; black soldiers had not participated in that parade. Instead, in 1892, twenty-seven years after Appomattox, aging former soldiers who belonged to the Union army's largest veterans' organization, the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), reenacted this review and welcomed African Americans into its ranks.

Keywords:   Grand Army of the Republic, GAR, northern victory, Civil War, African Americans, Union army

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