Civil War Centennial Medal (design for obverse)

  • Joseph E. Renier, Civil War Centennial Medal (design for obverse), 1961, painted plaster, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier, 1967.93.18

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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 Medal (design for obverse)
Artist
Date
1961
On View
Dimensions
13 7/8 in. (35.3 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier

Mediums
Mediums Description
painted plaster
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Grant, Ulysses S.
  • Occupation – military – general
  • Study
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1967.93.18
Palette
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