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Wikipedia Description: Major General James B. McPherson
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Major General James B. McPherson is a public artwork by American artist Louis Rebisso, located at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., United States. Major General James B. McPherson was originally surveyed as part of the Smithsonian's Save Outdoor Sculpture! survey in 1993. The monument is a bronze equestrian statue of Civil War hero James B. McPherson. The statue is a contributing monument to the Civil War Monuments in Washington, DC, of the National Register of Historic Places.
The memorial shows General McPherson sitting upon a horse, turned slightly to the proper right as if surveying a battlefield. He is holding the horses reins in his proper left hand and a pair of field glasses in his proper right hand. His horse, caught in mid-stride, walks with its proper right foot raised and its head turned down. The statue sits upon a rectangular granite base (H. 12 ft (4 m)., D. 6 ft (2 m).). The base is adorned with a ring of small wreaths around the top and a ring of stars around the bottom, along with a ring of cannonballs.
The west side of the base is inscribed with:
MAJ. GEN. JAMES B. McPHERSON
JULY 22, 1864
The east side of the base is inscribed with:
ERECTED BY HIS COMRADES
OF THE SOCIETY OF
THE ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE
Confederate cannons that were captured at the Battle of Atlanta were used in the casting of the piece. The base was designed by Smithmeyer & Pelz and Westham Granite Works provided the stone work.
The sculpture was authorized by the United States Congress on March 3, 1875, and was paid for by the Society of the Army of the Tennessee. Major General James B. McPherson was installed in Scott Square (now McPherson Square) on October 18, 1876, on the 11th annual reunion of the Army of the Tennessee.
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2016_DC_McPherson: DC -- Downtown -- McPherson Square and James B. McPherson Equestrian Memorial (18 photos from 2016)
2009_DC_McPherson: DC -- Downtown -- McPherson Square and James B. McPherson Equestrian Memorial (7 photos from 2009)
2007_DC_McPherson: DC -- Downtown -- McPherson Square and James B. McPherson Equestrian Memorial (3 photos from 2007)
2005_DC_McPherson: DC -- Downtown -- McPherson Square and James B. McPherson Equestrian Memorial (4 photos from 2005)
1997_DC_McPherson: DC -- Downtown -- McPherson Square and James B. McPherson Equestrian Memorial (1 photos from 1997)
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2020 photos: The year is too new to have anything to report. The Covid-19 disaster cut off most events here in DC after March 11 and even cut off going outside after awhile. Here's hoping honesty and integrity wins for a change this November.
Partially Reviewed: Rough draft. I've gone through these pictures once, removing the worst ones, some duplication, etc. I usually take sequences of 4 or 5 pictures at a time and there are lots of near duplicates. I'll be doing a final review later which will cull the pictures down some. To be honest though, I'm way behind on doing final reviews.