5. General Grant National Memorial

Grant Memorial in NYC

Washington D.C is typically the burial ground for America’s historic figures and great generals, but General Ulysses S. Grant, the great Civil War general and 18th President of the United States, is interred right here in New York City.

General Grant National Memorial, the final resting place of Ulysses S. Grant, is located on the northern end of Riverside Park adjacent to Columbia University and is one of the most well-known war memorials in NYC. In 1885, at the age of 63, the great general died of throat cancer in Wilton, New York. To garner support for a national monument in Grant’s honor, the incumbent mayor at the time, William Russell Grace, wrote a letter to New Yorkers, which led to the formation of the Grant Monument Association (GMA).