Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Photos from The Civil War Lover’s Guide to New York City

Today, I wanted to share a few photos from my book:

One of New York City's most beautiful monuments was erected to Admiral David Farragut in 1881 in Madison Square park. The statue of Farragut is by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and sits on a base created by the noted architect Stanford White.

At one time, Grant's Tomb, on Riverside Drive at West 122nd Street was the most visited tourist site in New York City. Although its popularity has faded over the years, it is still worth a visit and is open daily.  It is the largest tomb in America and the base contains a small museum and gift shop.

This 20-inch Rodman Gun was the largest gun in the world when it was fabricated in 1864.  It stands in the park near the main entrance to Fort Hamilton.

Battery Weed is now part of the Fort Wadsworth Military Reservation on Staten Island. The fort is directly underneath the Verrazano Bridge and commands a beautiful view of the city and bay. During the Civil War it protected the Narrows with 116 guns.

August Saint-Gaudens' last major work was this statue of General William Tecumseh Sherman which stands on Fifth Avenue at 59th Street. The figure of Winged Victory with a palm branch in her hand representing peace, leads Sherman.