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Description - This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant, victorious Union commander of the Civil War, includes the tomb of General Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. A West Point graduate, Grant served in the Mexican War and at various frontier posts, before rapidly rising through the ranks during the Civil War. Grant's tenacity and boldness led to victories in the Battles of Vicksburg and Chattanooga and Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, scenes depicted by mosaics in the tomb. In 1866 Congress awarded Grant his fourth star making him the first full General of the Armies.

Attractions - Approximately 90,000 people from around the country and the world donated a total of over $600,000 towards construction of his tomb, the largest public fundraising effort ever at that time. Designed by architect John Duncan, the granite and marble structure was completed in 1897 and remains the largest mausoleum in North America. Over one million people attended the parade and dedication ceremony of Grant's Tomb, on April 27, 1897.

Recreation - Ranger guided programs and tours are offered though out the day. Costumed interpreters describe Grant's role during the Civil War. An extensive museum depicts the life and accomplishments of General and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Climate - The New York City Travel Region experiences average January temperatures above 22 degrees Fahrenheit (above -6 degrees Celsius). Summer temperatures average above 72 degrees Fahrenheit (above 22 degrees Celsius). Precipitation in the region ranges from 40 to 44 inches of rain and snowmelt.

Location - The National Memorial is located off Henry Hudson Parkway. Travel to the 95th Street exit. Go north on Riverside Drive to 122nd Street. Limited amount of street parking is available.


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Contact Information:
General Grant National Memorial, 122nd Street and Riverside Drive , New York, NY, 10027, Phone: 212-666-1640

Additional Information:
New York City Travel Region - As the most populous and popular area of New York, this travel region offers a fabulous opportunity for urban recreation.
New York National Forests & Parks - The diverse state of New York has 17 national sites which include memorials, seashores, trails and historic parks. Finger Lakes National Forest is the sole national forest encompassing 16,032 acres.

Links:
General Grant National Memorial - Official agency website

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