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General Artemas Ward Monument

1727–1800

 
 
General Artemas Ward Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
1. General Artemas Ward Monument
Inscription. Son of Massachusetts • Graduate of Harvard College • Judge and legislator • Delegate 1780–1781 to the Continental Congress • Soldier of three wars • First commander of patriot forces.
 
Erected 1938 by a Harvard alumnus.
 
Location. 38° 56.275′ N, 77° 5.155′ W. Marker is in American University Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Ward Circle, N.W. and Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues, in the median on Ward Circle, N.W.. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20016, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. American University (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of the Army Chemical Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); Winning the War (approx. ¼ mile away); Live on Our Stage! (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Wesley (approx. 0.3 miles away); For the Children (approx. 0.4 miles away); Friendship Estate (approx. 0.6 miles away); Evalyn Walsh McLean and the Hope Diamond (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in American University Park.
 
More about this marker. Ward Circle was constructed to hold this monument. From the Smithsonian American Art Museum Art Inventories Catalog:
General Artemas Ward Monument Inscription image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
2. General Artemas Ward Monument Inscription
The inscription is on the front of the pedestal. The other three sides are blank.
“The artist, Leonard Crunelle, modeled his portrait after an oil painting of Ward by Charles Willson Peale. Crunelle also used the military cape actually worn by Ward as a model.”
 
Also see . . .  Artemas Ward. Wikipedia entry. “In the General Court Ward was placed on the taxation committee along with Samuel Adams and John Hancock. On the floor, he was second only to James Otis in speaking out against the acts of parliament. His prominence in these debates prompted the Royal Governor Francis Bernard to revoke his military commission in 1767. At the next election in 1768, Bernard voided the election results for Worcester and banned Ward from the assembly, but this didn’t silence him. In the growing sentiment favoring rebellion, the 3rd Regiment resigned en masse from British service on October 3, 1774. They then marched on Shrewsbury to inform Colonel Ward that they had unanimously elected him their leader. Later that month the royal governor abolished the colonial assembly.” (Submitted on October 15, 2011.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
General Artemas Ward (1727–1800) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
3. General Artemas Ward (1727–1800)
1938 bronze by Leonard Crunelle (1872–1944) is approx. 10 feet high on a 10 foot high base.
General Artemas Ward (1727–1800) image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
4. General Artemas Ward (1727–1800)
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By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
5. General Artemas Ward Monument
Artemus Ward gazes southeast, down the length of Massachusetts Avenue into the heart of the city of Washington.
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By J. J. Prats, March 19, 2011
6. General Artemas Ward Monument
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By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
7. General Artemas Ward Marker
Artemas Ward
Son of Massachusetts
Graduate of Harvard College
Judge and Legislator
Delegate 1780–1781 to the Continental Congress
Soldier of Three Wars
First Commander of Patriot Forces.
General Artemas Ward image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 3, 2015
8. General Artemas Ward
This 1936 statue by Leonard Crunelle was unveiled by Mrs. Lewis Wesley Feick, a direct descendant of Artemas Ward, on November 3, 1938 and paid for with a grant from Wards great-grandson “Artemis Ward of the Seventh Generation”, a Harvard alumnus.

“General Ward is tall, thin, and majestic-looking, with a definite air of command that undoubtedly projects out over a specially designed Washington traffic circle. This is curious, considering that most sources describe General Ward as round and dumpy. The bronze version is thus a polar opposite. Yet a short, fat General Ward would not do if the goal was to create an icon, suitable by Artemas Ward of the Seventh Generation's standards, to represent both the family and his own posterity.” — Rebecca Anne Goetz, General Artemas Ward: A Forgotten Revolutionary Remembered and Reinvented
General Artemas Ward image. Click for full size.
9. General Artemas Ward
First Commander of the American Revolution
(From a portrait in 1777)
from Percy Harold Epler,
Master Minds at the Commonwealth's Heart, 1909.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 615 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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