Headquarters Second Mass. Inf'y,
Near Washington, D. C, May 26,1865.
We are now settled in what we suppose will be our permanent camp for quite a long time. It is a lovely place about four miles from Washington, and very near Bladensburg.
The regiments are scattered so that each has plenty of room. Day before yesterday was the grand review. We started from our camp between five and six A. M., reached Capitol Hill about eleven, and soon after started down the avenue. I had as prominent a place for the regiment as I could ask for, on the right of the brigade. The regiment looked finely, and was cheered and applauded by name several times. The day was a very fatiguing one, but one which will never be forgotten by any of us. After passing the reviewing officers, we marched about six miles to our present camp; it is a very pleasant exchange from the Virginia side of the Potomac.
SOURCE: Charles Fessenden Morse, Letters Written During the Civil War, 1861-1865, p. 214-5