George Gordon Meade Memorial, Washington DC

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The George Gordon Meade Memorial, also known as the Meade Memorial or Major General George Gordon Meade, is a public artwork in Washington, D.C. honoring George Meade, a career military officer from Pennsylvania who is best known for defeating General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Gettysburg. The monument is sited on the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue NW in front of the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse. It was originally located at Union Square, but was removed and placed in storage for fourteen years before being installed at its current location. The statue was sculpted by Charles Grafly, an educator and founder of the National Sculpture Society, and was a gift from the state of Pennsylvania. Prominent attendees at the dedication ceremony in 1927 included President Calvin Coolidge, Governor John Stuchell Fisher, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon, and Senator Simeon D. Fess.The memorial is one of eighteen Civil War monuments in Washington, D.C., which were collectively listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The marble and granite sculpture, which includes depictions of Meade and seven allegorical figures, rests on a granite base and granite platform. It is surrounded by a public plaza and small park. The monument is owned and maintained by the National Park Service, a federal agency of the Interior Department.
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  • Another monumental monument in the capital of the United States. In the main park but the surrounding streets there are scattered everywhere monuments-statues that you can admire without spending your time since you want enough walking to see them all.
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  • It’s another memorial to see whilst walking along in Washington DC. I like these kinds of monuments there striking and makes you think but doesn’t take forever to visit.  more »
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  • This is a very nice statue between Capitol Hill and the Smithsonians Museums. Don't miss it.
  • One of the many interesting memorials to see in DC is the Civil War monument to George Gordon Meade found along Pennsylvania Avenue near 3rd Avenue. The monument was created by Charles Grafly in 1927 and is made of Tennessee marble. It shows a a war time Union General Meade standing upon the front line of a battle scene. Meade is surrounding in circular fashion by allegory of figures, each depicting a visual representation of the traits (Loyalty, Chivalry, Progress, Courage, Energy and Fame), which Meade believed were required to make a great war general. The Meade monument is memorable in DC party due to the more abstract nature of the monument's composition, compared to the many other conventional and traditional style monuments to important historical American figures. Overall, this one is less of a priority compared to the more famous monuments directly on The Mall. However, for those with an interest in the American Civil War, this is an important one to find and see.
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