The National Mall in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
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General Ulysses S. Grant.
Hiram Ulysses Grant, mistakenly listed as Ulysses Simpson Grant on United States Military Academy cadet rosters, ascended from Midwestern obscurity to become the Unionís military savior and, later, the 18th President of the United States. U.S. Grantís requirement for “unconditional surrender” in American Civil War battles and sieges helped define his adopted initials.
After President Abraham Lincoln promoted him to lieutenant general, Grant designed the comprehensive strategy that doomed Confederacy and forced Gen. Robert E. Leeís April 9, 1865, surrender at Appomattox, Virginia. Grant issued generous surrender terms and worked with Lee to decide the fate of this nation, not merely at that hour, but for future generations.
[Caption describing background painting:] Grant (above, wearing a sky blue overcoat) stands atop Orchard Knob and observes through field glasses the Union attack against Missionary
[ Photo caption:] Ulysses S. Grant, 1822-1885.
[ Sidebar:] The Memorial
Civil War General Grant confidently gazes westward toward the nationís heartland–and the memorial to his great benefactor, Abraham Lincoln. The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial captures the Generalís cool, military bearing while in command astride his favorite warhorse, Cincinnati. Around him swirl the chaos and confusion of the battlefield exhibited by the memorialís onrushing cavalry and artillery groups.
Dedicated on April 27, 1922, the centennial of Grantís birth, the memorial blends the work of sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady and architect Edward Pearce Casey, the son of the engineer who completed the Washington Monument. Shrady, self-taught and relatively unknown, won the memorial competition and devoted the final twenty years of his life to the project. Tragically, he died just fifteen days before the dedication, but not before capturing his own likeness within the cavalry grouping as the face of a fallen trooper.
[ Footnote:] Library of Congress (background image, Battle of Chattanooga , November 25, 1863, by Thure de Thadstrup and photo credit, Shrady); The National Archives (photo credit, Grant); The Grant Memorial in Washington (photo credit, Casey image from
Erected 2009 by National Mall and Memorial Parks - National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 38° 53.319′ N, 77° 0.863′ W. Marker was in The National Mall, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker was on 3rd Street, SW just north of Maryland Avenue, SW, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in Union Square at the east end of the Mall, in the grass off the walkway near the southwest corner of the Capitol Reflecting Pool. It is north of Maryland Avenue (open to vehicles with government permits, only) and east of the 3rd St. and Jefferson Dr. intersection. Marker was in this post office area: Washington DC 20004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. The National Garden Takes Root (within shouting distance of this marker); The Pollinator Partnership (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rose Garden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Power from the Wind (about 300 feet away); Cardinal Direction Marker: North (about 300 feet away); Cardinal Direction Marker: East Green Roof Engineering (about 400 feet away); Green Roof Plants (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in The National Mall.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . .
1. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial. (Submitted on January 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration. (Submitted on December 12, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Additional keywords. Reconstruction
Categories. • Politics • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 15, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,911 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on April 4, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 5. submitted on February 25, 2010, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 6. submitted on January 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 7. submitted on September 13, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querťtaro, Mexico. 8. submitted on December 12, 2017, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.