Peace Monument

Title

Peace Monument

Description

The Peace Monument, also known as the Naval Monument and the Civil War Sailors Monument, honors naval deaths at sea during the American Civil War. Admiral David Dixon Porter conceived the idea of the monument and sketched an initial design in the mid-1860s, originally intending for it to be placed in Annapolis, Maryland at the US Naval Academy. Porter commissioned Franklin Simmons to create the monument and worked with him on the final design. The monument was not formally dedicated after its completion in 1878.

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View Original.

Date

1877 (Erected)

Coverage

Physical Description

Standing on a 30 foot high pedestal are two robed figures, Grief and History. History holds a table inscribed with the words "They died that their country might live."

On the sides of the pedestal are several additional figures, including Victory, Mars, Neptune, and Peace. Facing the Capitol directly, Peace holds an olive branch and stands over symbols of industry and abundance.

Type

Description

The Peace Monument, also known as the Naval Monument and the Civil War Sailors Monument, honors naval deaths at sea during the American Civil War. Admiral David Dixon Porter conceived the idea of the monument and sketched an initial design in the mid-1860s, originally intending for it to be placed in Annapolis, Maryland at the US Naval Academy. Porter commissioned Franklin Simmons to create the monument and worked with him on the final design. The monument was not formally dedicated after its completion in 1878.

Creator

Franklin Simmons

Date

1877 (Erected)

Coverage

1860-1889

Source

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. View Original.