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John Paul Jones Memorial

 
 
John Paul Jones Memorial, Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
1. John Paul Jones Memorial,
North Face.
Inscription.
[North Face inscriptions - above and beneath Captain Jones' statue:]

John Paul Jones
1747-1792
First to compel foreign man-of-war to strike colors to the Stars and Stripes.

[South Face inscriptions - above and beneath a bas relief rendering of Captain Jones raising the United States colors for the first time aboard an American man-o-war:]

"Surrender?
I have not yet begun to fight!"

In life he honored the flag.
In death the flag shall honor him.
 
Erected 1912.
 
Location. 38° 53.294′ N, 77° 2.369′ W. Marker is in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 17th Street, SW and Independence Avenue, SW, on the left when traveling south on 17th Street, SW. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20024, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named John Paul Jones Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Why is the Washington Monument Temporarily Closed?
John Paul Jones Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
2. John Paul Jones Memorial
South Face.
(about 600 feet away); Japanese Stone Lantern - Lighting the Way (about 700 feet away); Japanese Stone Lantern (about 700 feet away but has been reported missing); A Symbol of International Friendship (about 700 feet away); Japanese Pagoda (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in The National Mall.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Paul Jones biography. (Submitted on April 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. John Paul Jones Memorial. (Submitted on April 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. John Paul Jones Memorial. Nov. 2 2012 C-Span, Historian Richard Norton Smith described the 10-foot tall statue of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones. Sculpted by Charles H. Niehaus, and dedicated in 1912, the memorial was the first to be erected in Washington, DCís Potomac Park. (Submitted on January 1, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Continental Navy; U.S. Navy; Battle of Flamborough Head.
 
Categories. HeroesNotable EventsNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US RevolutionaryWaterways & Vessels
 
John Paul Jones Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
3. John Paul Jones Memorial
John Paul Jones Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
4. John Paul Jones Memorial Marker
north face inscription.
John Paul Jones Memorial Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
5. John Paul Jones Memorial Marker
south face bas-relief and inscription.
John Paul Jones Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, April 8, 2009
6. John Paul Jones
sculpted by Charles Henry Niehaus.
Surrender?<br>I have not yet begun to fight! Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
7. Surrender?
I have not yet begun to fight!
In Life He Honored the Flag<br>In Death the Flag Shall Honor Him Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
8. In Life He Honored the Flag
In Death the Flag Shall Honor Him
Bas-Relief of John Paul Jones Raising the American Flag by Charles H. Niehaus.
John Paul Jones Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, December 31, 2015
9. John Paul Jones
"American Naval Commanders" of the Revolutionary War Era Photo, Click for full size
Naval Historical Center
10. "American Naval Commanders" of the Revolutionary War Era
Engraving by J. Rodgers, published during the 19th Century by Virtue, Emmins & Co., New York. It contains portraits of Esek Hopkins, Silas Talbot, John Paul Jones, Richard Dale and John Barry, all of whom were prominent officers of the Continental Navy and the early United States Navy.
Engraving from Painting by Richard Paton Photo, Click for full size
Engraving from painting by Richard Paton, circa 1779
11. Engraving from Painting by Richard Paton
Engraving is titled in French, “Memorable battle between Captain Pearson commanding the Serapis and Commander John Paul Jones and the Bonhomme Richard and his squadron.” From the collection of the U.S.National Archives and Records Administration, NAI 532895, via Wikipedia Commons.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,727 times since then and 176 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   10. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   11. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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