I ❤ NY – Grant’s Tomb and the Miracle on the Hudson


In Riverside Park, in the Morningside Heights (Upper Manhattan), you find Grant’s Tomb, more formally known as General Grant National Memorial. This is the final resting place of the 18th President of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant, and his wife. President Grant has often come under criticism for protecting corrupt associates, and in his second term he led the nation into a severe depression. Grant was a republican, elected President twice (1869-77), and worked to remove the vestiges of Confederate nationalism and slavery, protect African-American citizenship, prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan, and enforced civil and voting rights.

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Sir Nerdalot and the Karate Kid in front of Grant’s Tomb

Before his Presidency, Grant was Commanding General of the United States Army (1864-69), where he worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln and led the Union Army to victory over the Confederacy in the American Civil War.

At age 63, Ulysses S. Grant died of throat cancer (July 23, 1885), but his remains were not transferred into a sarcophagus inside the mausoleum until 1897.

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Hudson River

From his final resting place, Ulysses S. Grant had a clear view of “the Miracle on the Hudson”, when the US Airways Flight 1549 made an unpowered emergency water landing in the Hudson river on Jan 15, 2009. The plane had just taken off from LaGuardia Airport in New York City, headed for Charlotte Douglas International Airport, when it struck a flock of Canada geese during it’s initial climb. The bird strike caused both jet engines to lose power, and the plane could not reach the closest airfield.

All 155 passengers and crew aboard successfully evacuated while the plane was floating on the water, some injured, but against the odds – no fatalities. See the below YouTube-link below, and listen to how calm the pilot is. A true Hero.

There are also to gorgeous churches to visit at Morningside Heights, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and Riverside church being right across the street from Grant’s Tomb, if you are into that sort of thing:

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Graceful

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11 comments on “I ❤ NY – Grant’s Tomb and the Miracle on the Hudson

  1. Hello. I am on the commenting bootcamp, and it is morning here too. I see you are Norwegian. The photo here I like best has one church almost filling the frame, looking up at the round window. In the flesh (stone) I would stand back to take it in, square on to see the whole and its proportions. The photo shows the kind of glimpse I might get of it, hurrying past, so I could look and really take in what that glimpse shows me. Thank you.

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  2. Thak you for your comment. That picture was taken from the tourbus we were on, and although it wasnt very far to go back to snap more and better photos of the church, we opted not to as hubby, Sir Nerdalot, was eager to get on to Yankees Stadium. Typical male – sports before achitecture ;-p

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  3. Thank you for this important information. I am glad I read this well written piece. And thanks for following my blog. I have followed yours as well, and I can’t wait to read more of your work.

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  7. In a great act of courage, Grant wrote his memoirs while he was dying of throat cancer. I can’t imagine the concentration it took, but Grant’s character was always marked by tenacity and grit. Now, his memoirs are considered an American classic.

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