General Artemas Ward
Artemas Ward statue Ward Circle color (cropped).png
ArtistLeonard Crunelle
Year1936
TypeBronze
Dimensions3.0 m × 1.5 m × 1.2 m (10 ft × 5 ft × 4 ft)
LocationWard Circle, Northwest, Washington, D.C., United States
OwnerNational Park Service
Statue of Artemas Ward
Statue of Artemas Ward is located in the District of Columbia
Statue of Artemas Ward
Statue of Artemas Ward is located in the United States
Statue of Artemas Ward
LocationWashington, D.C.
Coordinates38°56′16.44″N 77°5′9.24″W / 38.9379000°N 77.0859000°W / 38.9379000; -77.0859000Coordinates: 38°56′16.44″N 77°5′9.24″W / 38.9379000°N 77.0859000°W / 38.9379000; -77.0859000
Arealess than one acre
Part ofAmerican Revolution Statuary.
NRHP reference No.78000256[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 14, 1978[2]

General Artemas Ward is a bronze statue of American Revolutionary War general Artemas Ward by Leonard Crunelle at Ward Circle, at the intersection of Nebraska and Massachusetts Avenues in Northwest, Washington, D.C.[3]

The circle is centered around a 27.5-foot (8.4 m) bronze statue of Artemas Ward.[4] Ward was the first Commander-in-Chief in the American Revolutionary War.[3] Congress authorized the statue by 45 Stat. 689.[5] Sculptor Leonard Crunelle created the statue over a three-year period, while the base and pedistal were built by J. F. Manning Co.[6] The pedistal was made from granite from Stony Creek, Connecticut.[6] The president and fellows of Harvard College donated the $50,000 to cover the cost of the statue.[6] The donation fulfilled the terms of the will of Artemus Ward, an alumnus of Harvard and the great-grandson of Maj. Gen. Artemus Ward.[7] The statue was unveiled on November 3, 1938, by Mrs. Wesley Feick, the great-great-granddaughter of Maj. Gen. Ward.[7][3][8] Secretary of War Harry Hines Woodring spoke at the unveiling.[7] The circle itself was constructed for displaying the sculpture.[9]

The figure of Ward is wearing a Revolutionary War general's uniform, there is a hat and gloves in his left hand, and there is a trench mortar at his feet.[10]

The base of the statue bears this inscription:

ARTEMAS WARD
1727–1800
SON OF MASSACHUSETTS
GRADUATE OF HARVARD COLLEGE
JUDGE AND LEGISLATOR
DELEGATE 1780–1781 TO THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS
SOLDIER OF THREE WARS
FIRST COMMANDER OF THE PATRIOT FORCES

As part of American Revolution Statuary in Washington, D.C. the statue is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "American Revolution Statuary". National Park Service. July 14, 1978. Archived from the original on February 20, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "General Artemas Ward (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  4. ^ "Details Drafted for Ward Circle". Washington Evening Star. March 13, 1933. p. 17.
  5. ^ "Monuments, Statues and Memorials: Rock Creek Park". National Park Service. April 10, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "Artemas Ward Marker Plans, Site Approved: Work on Monument to War Hero to Start Next Week". The Washington Post. September 21, 1937. p. 13.
  7. ^ a b c "Ward Statue to be Unveiled on Thursday: Delano to Preside Woodring to Speak Memorial to General". The Washington Post. October 31, 1938. p. X3.
  8. ^ "General Artemas Ward Monument Historical Marker". hmdb.org. June 16, 2016. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Monuments, Statues and Memorials: Rock Creek Park". National Park Service. April 10, 2015. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "Artemas Ward Marker Plans, Site Approved: Work on Monument to War Hero to Start Next Week". The Washington Post. September 21, 1937. p. 13.