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“A Magnificent Monument at the US Capitol”

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
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“A Magnificent Monument at the US Capitol”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

This remarkable memorial, situated below at the west side of the Capitol and in front of a reflecting pool, marks the eastern end of the National Mall. It portrays Civil War Union General and 18th US President Ulysses S. Grant. Reputedly one of the largest equestrian monuments in the world, the 10,700-lb. (4,853 kg) bronze statue is 17’-2” (5.23 m) high and stands on a 22’-6” (6.86 m) high marble pedestal on a marble plinth. Two bronze reliefs of infantry groups are on the pedestal’s south and north faces. Four bronze statues of lions in repose surround the main pedestal opposite its four corners. Although striking from nearly any angle in any season, this entire ensemble is probably most photogenic during spring or autumn when looking eastwards at the Capitol. Be certain to bring a camera!

Visited November 2012
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“Quick stop outside the Capitol”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Check this out on your way to the Capitol, as it sites right outside, between the Capitol and the National mall. The detail in this statue and especially the two to either side of it are amazing, depicting an artillery group and a cavalry unit rushing into battle. Just keep on the look out for ducks, they're close by following people around looking for food.

Visited September 2012
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Wiltshire, England
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“"Easily Missed"”
Reviewed 15 June 2013

Depiction of the suffering of the Civil War. Artillery group, horses and soldiers pulling a cannon.

This is easily missed even though its in front of the reflecting pool West Side of the US Capitol.

Visited May 2013
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“An awe inspiring monument.”
Reviewed 12 May 2013

I do favor the large, heroic sculptures of the kind that were often done in the 19th century, and this is one of the best ever(although I understand it was actually done in the beginning of the 20th Century, completed in 1920). In the center is a large equestrian statue of General Grant on his war horse, Cincinnati. At each of the four corners of the platform this monument is sitting on, there are figures of lions, which I suppose are guarding him. To either side of the central statue are separate monuments, each with the most amazing and complex group of action figures; one is depicting a group of cavalry, the other is an artillery group, both have men and horses rushing into battle. The sculptures are cast bronze and the bases are made of Vermont marble. Take the time to visit this memorial and study it, a brilliant work of sculpture. It took the artist 20 years to complete it. My only complaint is that the base, especially on the Grant statue, is so high that it's hard to view all the details.

Visited April 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Majestic statues in front of the Capitol.”
Reviewed 24 April 2013

PROS: beautiful and awe-inspiring statues; great photo ops for both the Capitol (near) and the Washington Monument. Hard to miss if you are going to the Capitol Building.

CONS: construction by the pool facing the statues.

Visited April 2013
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