General Grant National Memorial

Overview

This memorial to Ulysses S. Grant, victorious Union commander of the Civil War, includes the tomb of General Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant. A West Point graduate, Grant served in the Mexican War and at various frontier posts, before rapidly rising through the ranks during the Civil War. Grant's tenacity and boldness led to victories in the Battles of Vicksburg and Chattanooga and Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox, scenes depicted by mosaics in the tomb. In 1866 Congress awarded Grant his fourth star making him the first full General of the Armies. A grateful nation twice elected Grant to serve as President of the United States, from 1869 to 1877. Grant's accomplishments include signing the act establishing the first national park, Yellowstone, on March 1, 1872. After the Presidency, Grant settled in New York City. Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer on July 23, 1885 in Mount McGregor, New York, and was laid to rest in New York City on August 8th. Approximately 90,000 people from around the country and the world donated a total of over six hundred thousand dollars towards construction of his tomb, the largest public fundraising effort ever at that time. Designed by architect John Duncan, the granite and marble structure was completed in 1897 and remains the largest mausoleum in North America. Over one million people attended the parade and dedication ceremony of Grant's Tomb, on April 27, 1897.

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Seasonality / Weather

The best time of year to visit is the fall and spring, when temperatures are mild. Winters can be extremely cold with high snow drifts. With its high humidity, summers in New York tend to be warm and muggy. Due to its original construction, the inside of Grant's Tomb is not air conditioned and is drafty in the winter. Please dress appropriately.

Directions

Driving: 

Car - General Grant National Memorial is located at 122nd Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Passenger Cars only: From the north- GW Bridge, I-95(Cross Bronx),or I-87(Major Deegan) to Riverside Dr. exit; south on Riverside Dr. to 122nd St. From the south- Henry Hudson Parkway to 95th St. exit; north on Riverside Dr. to 122nd St. Limited amount of street parking is available. Buses, campers, and all other vehicles: From the north- I-87 (Major Deegan) to exit 4 - East 149th St; west on 149th St. across bridge onto West 145th St; west on 145th St. to Broadway; south on Broadway to 120th St; west on 120th St. to Riverside Dr. From the south- north on Tenth Ave. and Broadway to 120th St.; west on 120th St. to Riverside Dr.

Public Transport: 

By Subway: Take the #1 train to the 116th Street-Columbia University stop on Broadway. Walk six blocks North to 122nd Street and two blocks West to Riverside Drive. If the #2 or #3 express trains are taken uptown, change at 96th Street for the #1 local train.

By Bus:Take the M11 bus to Amsterdam Avenue and West 118th Street.Take the M104, M4 or M5 bus to 122nd Street and Broadway.