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“Impressive but sadly neglected monument”

Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
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Washington DC Private City Tour
Arlington, Virginia
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“Impressive but sadly neglected monument”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

The Grant Memorial is in front of the Capitol at the end of the Mall opposite from the Washington Monument at the head of a reflecting pool.

The Memorial consists of a large statue of Grant on a pedestal flanked by two bronze statue groups depicting a cavalry charge and an artillery battery.

The statues are extremely impressive in their depiction of intense battle scenes, while Grant, the savior of the Union stands calmly in the midst of the battle.

The Memorial is easy to miss, as it is overshadowed by the pool, the Capitol and all the museums on the Mall. Also, there is a lot of rust on the Memorial, and the marble has been discolored by pollution. It would be nice to see this Memorial restored, but it's still worth seeing, and makes for a quiet spot in the midst of one of DC's busiest areas.

Visited June 2013
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“Yet another memorial”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

This one has a nice setting but really is not as impressive as the lincoln, jefferson or roosevelt memorials. Check it out if you are linking the capitol with the national mall but you can easily skip it.

Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Defender of the Union”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

Situated directly before the Capitol, Ulysses S. Grant is the reason that building stands triumphantly in the background. He was the victorious General of the Union Armies in the Civil War and 18th President of the United States; he stands guarding the Capitol as ever.

The monument itself memorializes his Civil War victory depicting abstract artillery and cavalry battle units with Grant on horseback surrounded by four lions.

The monument itself could do with a clean: the name 'Grant' can barely be seen on Grant's statue, and visitors - unaware of the memorial - stand around making comments such as 'I don't know who it is but the sculptor's name is Shrady.' A Shame.

Visited April 2013
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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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New York City, New York
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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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