Ulysses S. Grant Memorial, Washington DC

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The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is a presidential memorial in Washington, D.C., honoring American Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It sits at the base of Capitol Hill (Union Square, the Mall, 1st Street, between Pennsylvania Avenue and Maryland Avenue), below the west front of the United States Capitol. Its sculpture of Grant on horseback faces west, over the Capitol Reflecting Pool and toward the Lincoln Memorial, which honors Grant's wartime president, Abraham Lincoln. In addition to Grant's statue, which rests on a pedestal that showcases bronze reliefs of the infantry, there are statues of protective lions and bronze representations of the Union cavalry and artillery, on flanking pedestals. The Grant and Lincoln memorials define the eastern and western ends, respectively, of the National Mall.The Grant Memorial is a contributor to the Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, of the National Register of Historic Places. James M. Goode's authoritative The Grant Memorial in Washington, D.C. (1974) calls it "one of the most important sculptures in Washington." It includes the second-largest equestrian statue in the United States and the fourth-largest in the world.
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  • Was reading the new bio on Grant (it's excellent) so I thought I'd take a look at his statue on the U.S. Capitol grounds. It's wonderful, historical and in a prominent place  more »
  • The Grant memorial, is a statuary ensemble located at the foot of the west side of the Capitol,. The central figure is of course Grant himself, mounted on a horse. Panels on the plinth and flanking fr...  more »
  • What I like about this statue is that Grant and soldiers look like a soldiers. This is not a polished version of war, but looks like real men charging into battle. The flanks of the statues and somewh...  more »
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  • A beautiful statue well located to see from just about anywhere in the mall. Going up and taking a closer look at the statue also provides a great view of everything that Washington has to offer.
  • One of the best war-themed sculptures in the United States. Take time to look at all the details. I am glad this is a memorial we can keep around.
  • Beautiful views from the Capital, through reflection lake, all the way to Lincoln Memorial
  • A place to be in and reflect upon what we are doing and who we want to be.
  • The sculptures here can be easily missed, but examining their structure and reading about the history is enlightening and should be appreciated.

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