Sculpture in and Around Connecticut Avenue

David G. Farragut

Long shot of the statue of David G. Farragut.
David G. Farragut.

Farragut Square is at the junction of Connecticut Avenue, I Street, K Street, and 17th Street and the statue in the center of the square is of David G. Farragut, a Union admiral in the Civil War.

There is no inscription on the statue other than "Farragut" though the Admiral became famous for his rallying cry, "Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead!"

Farragut's major battles were in New Orleans and Mobile Bay.

More information can be found at:
The National Park Service;
The Virtual War Museum

John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon.
John Witherspoon.

The statue of John Witherspoon is located at the intersection of N Street, 18th Street, and Connecticut Avenue.

Witherspoon, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, was born in 1723 outside Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1768 he became president of the College of New Jersey (later, Princeton). In 1776 he was elected to the Continental Congress in time to vote for the Declaration of Independence.

In November, 1776, he closed and evacuated the College of New Jersey in the face of the advancing British army. The British came close to destroying the college and Witherspoon devoted much of the rest of his life to rebuilding the college. He died in 1794.

More information can be found at:
Princeton University;

Major-General George Brinton McClellan

George Brinton McClellan.
George Brinton McClellan.

The McClellan statue is near the Hilton Hotel at the intersection of California Street, Columbia Road, and Connecticut Avenue.

At the beginning of the Civil War, McClellan, 1826 - 1885, was a division president of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad. During a successful career as an engineer he had known a lawyer called Abraham Lincoln. When the war started, Lincoln made McClellan major-general in the regular army. It turned out, however, that McClellan was a better engineer than a military commander and he was eventually relieved of his post.

More information can be found at:
Home of the American Civil War;
The National Park Service;
The US Civil War Web site.
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