After the end of the Civil War, thousands of victorious Union soldiers marched through the streets of Washington in a Grand Review of the Armies.
But among the marching troops on that May day in 1865, not one of the 180,000 black soldiers who fought in the last two years of the conflict could be seen — the Grand Review was for white soldiers only.
So black troops in Harrisburg organized their own review, held in November 1865, and men from the U.S. Colored Troops representing more than two dozen states paraded through Pennsylvania’s capital.
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