Army Of The Potomac Research Paper

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Boom! Fire! March! And much loss and pain. After a long and hard fought Civil War one of the most prestigious armies: The Army of the Potomac is disbanded on June 28, 1865(“Army of the Potomac” 1). It is believed that their great generals posed in this picture as a “victory pose”. The generals Wright, Logan, Meade, Parke and Humphreys (from left to right) are in the picture. The photo was taken under a trellis tent awning at a unknown location. The Civil War ended on May 9th, 1865 with a Union victory. The photograph was taken approximately one month after the end of the Civil war. It is possible that the photo was taken soon after the Grand Review of the Armies on May 23-24th which was a military celebration in Washington, DC to celebrate…show more content…
Meade: Meade was Born in Cadiz, Spain, and “came to America after he and his family were financially ruined during the Napoleonic Wars”(___). He obtained the opportunity to go to the United State Military Academy, in 1831, and graduated there. He ended up being Commander of the Army of the Potomac from June 28, 1863 – June 28, 1865. Note: “General John G. Parke took temporary command during Meade 's absences on four occasions during this period”(___) Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was located within the headquarters of the Army of the Potomac and “provided operational direction to Meade from May 1864 to April 1865, but Meade retained formal command”(___). He was commander of the Army of the Potomac during the Gettysburg Campaign, Bristoe Campaign, Mine Run Campaign, Overland Campaign, Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, including the Battle of the Crater, and Appomattox Campaign, including Lee 's surrender at Appomattox Court House(___). Major General John G. Parke: John Grubb Parke was born on September 22, 1827 and died on December 16, 1900. He was a U.S. engineer and became a Union general in the Civil War. Parke was born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. Parke “graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1849 and was commissioned a brevet second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers”("Maj. General John” 1). During his time at the Army of the Potomac, 4 times he served as commander of 3rd Division, IX

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