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Civil War Centennial Medal (design for obverse)

Civil War Centennial Medal (design for obverse)
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Joseph E. Renier, born Union Hill, NJ 1887-died New York City 1966
Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee
painted plaster
13 7/8 in. (35.3 cm) diam.
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Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier
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Luce Center Label
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.”
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