Talk:Ulysses S. Grant Memorial

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Front of Capitol[edit]

Removed reference to the Capitol facing west, as this implies that the west side of the Capitol is the front. While both the east and west sides of the Capitol are referred to as "fronts," it appears that the east side was originally intended to be the main entrance. It provides easier access than the west, it is where presidential inaugurations were originally held, and the Statue of Freedom atop the dome faces east. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gusuku (talkcontribs) 00:19, 26 March 2008 (UTC)


Article cites "dedication" of Grant Memorial, but as of June 2007, the memorial had not been formally dedicated, altho it was completed 'round the same time as the Lincoln Memorial. @The time, a park ranger told me that Congress'd only recently approved a dedication plaque; dedication was slated for later that year, but I can't find any record of it. (talk) 16:24, 10 April 2009 (UTC)


Who owns this memorial? According to the Architect of the Capitol website, they own the adjacent Garfield Monument, but no mention of the Grant Memorial/Capitol Reflecting Pool. I found no mention of the Grant Memorial on the National Park Service website, and even claim that their lands are "between the Potomac River and Capital Reflecting Pool".[1]Eoghanacht talk 20:22, 9 March 2006 (UTC)

a question[edit]

as a DC native, I can remember reading a story in multiple publications, cant remember where, and hearing by word of mouth through the years that this statue faces south, and theres a momument of robert e lee in richmond (on his horse) facing north, they are sorta at a constant watch of each other, i remember seeing pictures of the two in the article i read. anyway, were the statues built on purpose facing each other? i remember reading that one side put up one statue, and the other side put up the other statue in spite of the other. not sure which one went first. of course all this happened maybe late 1800s early 1900s. I may be wrong, but if somone maybe comes across this and has heard/read/researched the same thing, it could be a neat addition to the two articles, if theres a lee article on his statue in richmond. Thanks for any info, im kinda curious myself, im sure someone knows the answer. hopefully this is true, and not an old tale of sorts, would be a neat story to tell. thanks for your time, deezy —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:57, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

There's no question that the Grant statue faces west. It doesn't face a Robert E. Lee statue, but it does face Arlington House, Lee's plantation, that was confiscated during the Civil War and turned into Arlington National Cemetery. == BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 02:57, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

a note on distances[edit]

The article says that the Washington Monument is equidistant from the Lincoln Memorial and the Grant Memorial. Actually, the Washington Monument is 0.78 miles from the Lincoln Memorial and 1.19 miles from the Grant Memorial. The idea that the Washington Monument is at the center of the Mall is a common misconception. Google Earth has a nice PATH tool that lets you measure distances on their images. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:11, 23 October 2010 (UTC)


The photo captioned "Detail of the cavalry sculpture" shows the self-modeled figure of the sculptor portraying the trampled rider in the cavalry sculpture - while the text mentions that Shrady modeled this figure after himself, it might be worth noting in the caption that this is that figure. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:42, 29 April 2011 (UTC)