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Civil War Centennial Medal (design for obverse)

1961 Joseph E. Renier Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966 painted plaster 13 7/8 in. (35.3 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier 1967.93.18 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 46A


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Joseph Renier’s medal, commissioned by the Civil War Centennial Commission, memorializes the four years of hostilities between North and South one hundred years before. It depicts Confederate general Robert E. Lee, who surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant, also shown here, at Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, in 1865. “Let Us Have Peace” became Grant’s presidential campaign slogan in 1868. At Appomattox, Lee released his officers and soldiers, bidding them return home with “a consciousness of duty faithfully performed.”

Keywords

Animal - bird - eagle

Figure group - male

History - United States - Civil War

Occupation - military - general

Portrait male - Grant, Ulysses S.

Portrait male - Lee, Robert E.

Study

sculpture - relief

plaster

About Joseph E. Renier

Born: Union Hill, New Jersey 1887 Died: New York, New York 1966

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