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Civil War Centennial Award Medal

Civil War Centennial Award Medal
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Artist
Joseph E. Renier, born Union Hill, NJ 1887-died New York City 1966
Founder
Medallic Art Company
Sitter
Ulysses S. Grant
Robert E. Lee
Date
1961/copyrighted 1962
Type
Sculpture-Medal
Medium
bronze
Dimensions
2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Renier
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Object number
1967.93.45
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.”
Data Source
Smithsonian American Art Museum
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Department
Painting and Sculpture