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Wars within a WarControversy and Conflict over the American Civil War$
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Joan Waugh and Gary W. Gallagher

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832752

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807898444_waugh

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The Nation's Greatest Hero Should Rest in the Nation's Greatest City

The Nation's Greatest Hero Should Rest in the Nation's Greatest City

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(p.249) The Nation's Greatest Hero Should Rest in the Nation's Greatest City
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Wars within a War
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Joan Waugh

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807898444_waugh.15

This chapter considers the construction of Ulysses S. Grant's famous tomb on Riverside Drive in New York City. It reveals that Grant's death precipitated wrangling about where the tomb should be built, what design should be adopted, and how best to raise the necessary funds. The chapter provides an important reminder that public monuments, whether commemorating individuals such as Grant or national traumas such as the Vietnam War and the attacks on the World Trade Center, often ignite heated public debate.

Keywords:   tombs, Riverside Drive, memorials, public monuments

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