Grant against the Gray

Grant is gray, © 2013 Celia Her City

The Grant equestrian sculpture in Lincoln Park is one of my favorites.  I take a picture of it whenever I can.  On this day, Grant and his horse were engulfed in gray, which, being the color of the Confederate uniform, was probably not the happiest circumstance.  But apt.

The setting and grand stone base help make this sculpture, formally titled Grant Rides Again.  The work of an Italian-born artist named Louis T. Rebisso, it was unveiled on October 4, 1891, to a crowd of some 200,000 people, an immediate and enduring success.

Grant was famous for his love of horses.  His favorite horse during the Civil War was Cincinnati.  (He also rode a pony by the name of Jeff Davis.)  I tried to find out whether the horse shown here is Cincinnati, but I couldn’t.  Anyone happen to know for certain?

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