Monday, March 5, 2012

Stopping by Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

I made a quick visit this past weekend to Washington, D.C., joining the tourist hordes in the nation's capital.

These are shots of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial on the west front of the Capitol, overlooking the National Mall. Click them to enlarge. Saturday morning was a bit overcast.

Grant is astride his favorite war horse, Cincinnati. The general, an excellent horseman, rode Cincinnati to negotiate Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox.

Cincinnati was a large horse and a gift from an admirer.

At the base of the huge statue are panels depicting infantry.

The other two shots are of cavalary. I did not, alas, take a photo of an artillery statue to Grant's left.

Grant, in addition to his key role during the Civil War, served 18th president of the United States. The memorial was dedicated in 1922 on his birthday, April 27.

It was sculpted by Henry Merwin Shrady and designed by William Pearce Casey.

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