Monuments Grand Army Plaza Brooklyn Photo Tour


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You know, you see these without seeing them. So much attention to detail, such fine sculptors ( anyone have a shot at sculpting? When you do it, you end up saying it can't be done, not like this. But they did. And I'm an artist. ) - this was as much of a tribute as the Grand Review, not just a nod to the war. It's simply lovely, one area where earlier generations excelled. There's a lot of talk about recorded History. This would be it.

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The plaza also has statues of two Union Generals on either side of it. On the right side is General Slocum. This is a large impressive equestrian statue in its own small park. On top of a hill, it is significantly above street level. Unfortunately, a low hurricane fence separated it from the public.

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This view shows on of the drawbacks of the plaza. It is Brooklyn's busiest traffic circle. The statuary is on four different islands. We had to cross roads six times to see the whole thing. If you go and observe the good cross/don't cross lights, you will be fine, but be careful.

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There is some politics in the Warren plaque. It informs readers that Warren "made victory decisive" at Five Forks. Of course that was the battle where Warren was removed from command.

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Across from the Arch is the Brooklyn Public Library, built in 1938 in the shape of an open book.

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Behind the Arch. on the same island, is the Bailey Fountain. It is a beautiful fountain, and while it ostensibly has nothing to do with the Civil War, I like to think of it as "Soldier out on a date."

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