The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
This weekend I again decided to get off my hump and go History Hiking! I have always wanted to take pictures of the Grant memorial and I could not have asked for a better sunrise for taking pictures. Situated at the base of Capital Hill in Washington, D.C. the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial is an imposing and awesome tribute to the former U.S. President and U.S. Civil War General. At the time of its commissioning (1902), the memorial was the largest ever funded by the U.S. Congress. The sculpture of the memorial was Henry Merwin Shrady. After 20 years of work, the memorial was finally dedicated in 1922.
Surrounding Grant’s statue are four lions which represent guardians of the United State’s flag and flags of the U.S. Army. I was amazed at the symbolism and portrayal of strength. This truly is an amazing monument which, at the time, (1902) was the largest bronze sculpture cast in the United States.
This is an amazing sculpture. It’s three horses pulling an artillery piece. It appears that the soldiers are rushing through mud in the heat of battle. There also seems to be a sense of urgency and fear on their faces. What an amazing piece of art.
On the north side of the monument, another group of soldiers seem to be heading into battle. The sculpture is so vivid and it demands that the viewer think about what is happening. Will the soldier who has fallen survive? Will he be trampled? Who are these men? What unit did they serve with? I love this type of history!
I was glad that I got off my hump so I could create a post on this amazing memorial. Ulysses S.Grant was a fascinating person. His memorial is a tribute to a General who helped navigate the United States through a horrific civil war and a President who also helped heal the nation. Please visit this memorial. It will not disappoint.
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