• General Grant National Memorial

    General Grant

    National Memorial New York

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Why does Grant get such a big tomb?

Answer: As the victorious commanding general of the Union Army, Ulysses S. Grant is credited as the defender of the Union. He was respected in both the North and the South. When he died, Grant was the most popular American - domestically and internationally.

Question: Why is he buried in New York?

Answer: For the last five years of his life, U.S. Grant resided in New York City. He requested to be buried in the city.

Question: Why are there no public restrooms?

Answer: According to oral tradition, Mrs. Grant requested that there never be a public restroom in her tomb.

Did You Know?

Grant & Lee shake hands at Appomattox

After the Civil War, calls went out for Confederate leaders to be tried for treason. Ulysses S. Grant insisted that Robert E. Lee, who had been paroled at Appomattox, could not be put on trial, and the matter was dropped. More...