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Celebration or Riot?

Posted 11/29/2011 By Laura June Davis

Upon hearing the news of General George McClellan's appointment to chief commander of the Union Army, Washingtonians embarked upon a grand torch-light procession down Seventh Street. The "compliment" proceeded from the soldiers of Blenker's Brigade, but numbered about 2000 infantry, two companies of cavalry, and a large number of citizens. Songs and fireworks filled the air as the crowd marched all the way to the Presidential Mansion.

Torch-Light Procession of General Blenker's Division in Honor of of the New Commander-in-Chief


Image Credit: Harper's Weekly, November 30, 1861.
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