Washington DC – A city of monuments

This past week I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours in Washington, D.C. While my favorite place in the area is Arlington National Cemetery, the city proper has plenty to offer. With the limited amount of time I had available I decided to visit some of the wonderful Civil War monuments. The weather was beautiful for a walk. The only negative aspect was that there were no clouds in the sky. I prefer to compose my pictures when there are some scattered clouds as it provides a nice contrast to blank skies. While I was there I was able to visit John A. Rawlins, Philip H. Sheridan, George B. McClellan, John A. Logan, George H. Thomas, James B. McPherson, David G. Farragut, Winfield Scott Hancock and Ulysses S. Grant. Unfortunately they were refurbishing the William T. Sherman monument which prevented me from getting any pictures of “Uncle Billy.” I had made plans to visit George Gordon Meade but I ran out of time. To view my short photo essay, click on the following link.

Mike’s Photo Essay: Washington DC – A city of monuments


About Michael Noirot

I grew up in the Central Illinois farming community, of Dunlap. Growing up, I played sports, tinkered with cars and enjoyed photography. While I did well in school, I did not become passionate about history until my early 30's. I have built a large library, of books on early America, politics and the Civil War. I am an avid reader. Fortunately, I have had plenty of opportunities to travel, over the years, and have been to most of the Civil War battlefields. I work while I travel, so more often than not, I am up, in the middle of the night, to get sunrise pictures, or I will be out until well after dark, exploring Civil War battlefields. I have other hobbies, and passions, that I really enjoy. Number one on the list would be guitar. I play my guitars on a regular basis, and enjoy the Bluegrass, and Contemporary Christian (CCM) genres. I play a style of guitar, called FLATPICKING, where using a flat pick, you play lead solos, similar to the way a fiddle would have been played during the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Laura, my wife, and I also enjoy scuba diving, travel and spending time at our property, in the country. Lastly, we spend as much time with our families, as possible. Thanks for stopping by.
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6 Responses to Washington DC – A city of monuments

  1. Diane McLarney says:

    Hi Mike,

    Great pictures!

    I believe I heard that when a statue shows someone on horseback, the number of legs the horse has up in the air is supposed to designate whether they died in combat or of natural causes, isn’t that correct? Do you happen to know what I am referring to?


  2. Diane,
    I have not heard this before. Hopefully someone else has and will also comment.

  3. I don’t think this is true for all areas (as evidenced by the McClellan statue in Washington), but the “Hoof Code” has been tradition at some fields, such as Gettysburg. According to the Licensed Battlefield Guides there, if all four hooves are on the ground, the rider survived the battle unwounded. If one hoof is up, the rider was wounded. If two are up, then the rider was killed. The one exception is the newer monument to James Longstreet, dedicated in 1998.

  4. George,
    Very good information. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hi, Mike.
    I am a Civil War buff from Brazil. Have done battlefield tours twice, and both times I started out from Washington D.C. Love the city, the Museum of American History, Arlington and, of course, the monuments you have so well photographed.. Congrats!

  6. Astromar,
    Thank you for your comment. Hopefully you can get back to the U.S. soon.

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