|A patron admires Winslow Homer's "Skirmish in the Wilderness" steps from a sculpture of the |
man who commanded the Union army there. (CLICK ON ALL IMAGES TO ENLARGE.)
In sculptor John Rogers' 1868 statuary, a calm Abraham Lincoln holds a map while Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and Lieutenant General Ulysses Grant stand by the seated president. As I walked about the sculpture for 15 minutes or so, it seemed to change colors from off-gray to beige.
Of the three famous subjects, Grant easily was my favorite, looking resolute from one angle, compassionate from another. While steps away another visitor admired Winslow Homer's beautiful oil-on-canvas painting "Skirmish in the Wilderness," I shot a closeup of the general who sent so many soldiers to their deaths in those dense thickets in Virginia in early May 1864.