Washington Monument

Jennifer Han

The magnificent, bronze statue of General Washington and his stallion command attention. When viewers witness the combination of the “horse’s beauty and strength and the man’s sensibility, responsibility, and power of character,” they develop a sense of awareness to the “must-see piece of art” (Jasch). Because the statue forces contemplation and awe, future generations are able to make new and old interpretations of the monument. Personally, as I was visiting Morristown, I noticed the statue portrayed Washington as a prominent leader and general rather than the first president. I learned that Washington, during his 1779-80 encampments, strategically chose Morristown due to its location. He and the Continental Army were able to benefit from the skills and trades of the local town and industries that revered Washington and his impact as a fighter. This monument incited a reaction of gratitude toward the Washington’s role during the war and uniting the people of the past as well as the present.

Jasch, Mary. “Hunting for History: Monuments.” (2010): n. pag. Web. 1 Dec 2010.
<http://www.njskylands.com/hsmonuments.htm&gt;.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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