The Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial

The Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic memorial, John Massey Rhind, Washington DC

Public Art: The Stephenson Grand Army of the Republic Memorial

Also Known As:  Dr. Benjamin F. Stephenson Memorial

Sculptor: © John Massey Rhind

Description: The 25 foot bronze and granite memorial was erected in honor of Dr Benjamin F Stephenson who founded the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) an organization for Civil War veterans. From 1866 until 1959 the GAR was quite a political force, lobbying for higher pensions for Civil War veterans and assisting widows and wounded soldiers. The organisation was dissolved following the death of Albert Woolson, the last Civil War Soldier, in 1959. He was 109.

The bronze statues include; Fraternity ,  a statue of a soldier and a sailor with a bronze portrait of Stephenson underneath; Charity, a statue of a woman protecting her child with the words "The greatest of these is charity" underneath;  Loyalty , a statue of a woman with a drawn sword and shield with the words "Who knew no glory but his country's good" underneath .

Date Unveiled: Dedicated on July 3rd, 1909

Location: The Grand Army of the Republic Memorial is located at the intersection of 7th Street, C Street, and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington, D.C. USA.

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