Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DC Shot of the Day: Nathanael Greene Memorial at Stanton Park

Nathanael Greene Memorial

Stanton Park is named after former Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton; yet you won't see Stanton sitting horseback in its center. That honor is reserved for Nathanael Greene, a Major General in the American Revolutionary War. Greene rose through the ranks the hard way... starting as a lowly private in the militia, before eventually becoming a two-star general (and trusted confidant of then Commander-in-Chief George Washington.)

On the other hand, Stanton was a key component of the North's victory in the Civil War; not to mention the reason for President Andrew Johnson's impeachment back in 1868. He also led the charge in pursuing John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. No statue, but I'd prefer to have a park named after me over a statue, wouldn't you?