One Life: Grant and Lee: "It is well that war is so terrible..."

July 4, 2014 – May 25, 2015

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, East Floor Plan

The Civil War rivalry between generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee is one of the most memorable in American military history. Lee was a polished and seemingly invincible Confederate commander until he encountered Grant, a rough-hewn upstart, in the Virginia campaigns of 1864 and 1865. Ultimately, the Union would prevail, in part because of its adoption of a total war philosophy of destroying both armies and resources. This exhibition considers the personal lives and professional rivalries of Grant and Lee through paintings, photographs, documents, and objects.