Civil War Centennial Award Medal

  • Joseph E. Renier, Civil War Centennial Award Medal, 1961/copyrighted 1962, bronze, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier, 1967.93.45

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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.”

Title
Civil War Centennial Award Medal
Artist
Founders
Date
1961/copyrighted 1962
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze
Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – military – soldier
  • Animal – bird – eagle
  • Occupation – military – general
  • Portrait male – Lee, Robert E. – bust
  • Portrait male – Grant, Ulysses S. – bust
  • History – United States – Civil War
  • Figure group – male
  • Figure group – male – bust
Object Number
1967.93.45
Palette
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