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The Battery

Admiral George Dewey Memorial

  • Location: Upper Promenade, southwest of Castle Clinton
  • Sculptor: Daniel Chester French (replica medallions based on French's originals)
  • Description: Plaque with two relief medallions on plinth
  • Materials: Bronze, Barre granite (Presbry-Leland Company)
  • Dimensions: Plaque H: 3'9" W: 2'8" D: 1"; Plinth H: 4' W: 3'4" D: 2'8"
  • Cast: 1973
  • Dedicated: May 3, 1973
  • Foundry: U.S. Bronze Sign Company, NY
  • Donor: Eighteen civic, veterans', and historical associations, under auspices of American Battle Monuments Commission
  • Inscription: Obverse of medal at top of plaque:
    THE GIFT / OF THE / PEOPLE OF THE / UNITED STATES / TO THE OFFICERS / AND MEN OF THE / ASIATIC SQUADRON / UNDER THE COMMAND / OF COMMODORE GEORGE DEWEY / --- / D.C. FRENCH 1898 /

    Reverse of medal at top of plaque:
    IN MEMORY OF THE VICTORY OF MANILA BAY / MAY 1 1898 / U.S.S. OLYMPIA /

    Main text on plaque:
    THIS MONUMENT ERECTED ON / ADMIRAL GEORGE DEWEY / PROMENADE / TO COMMEMORATE THE / 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF / THE BATTLE OF MANILA BAY / MAY 1, 1898 / UNITED SPANISH WAR VETERANS / NAVAL ACADEMY ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK / SONS OF THE REVOLUTION IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK / SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION, NEW YORK CHAPTER / NAVAL ORDER OF THE UNITED STATES / NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES - NEW YORK COUNCIL / NEW YORK STATE SOCIETY OF THE CINCINNATI / UNITED STATES NAVAL INSTITUTE / THE MILITARY CHAPLAINS ASSOCIATION OF THE / UNITED STATES OF AMERICA / RESERVE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES / NAVAL RESERVE ASSOCIATION / ROBERT L. HAGUE POST, AMERICAN LEGION / CATHOLIC WAR VETERANS, DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK / THE SEAMEN'S BANK FOR SAVINGS / PHILIPPINE AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / NEW YORK CITY NATIONAL SHRINES ASSOCIATES / NAVAL HISTORICAL FOUNDATION / BATTERY CASTLE CLINTON MONUMENT ASSOCIATES / SPONSORS / MAY 1, 1973 /

Please note, the NAME field includes a primary designation as well as alternate namings often in common or popular usage. The DEDICATED field refers to the most recent dedication, most often, but not necessarily the original dedication date. If the monument did not have a formal dedication, the year listed reflects the date of installation.

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Portions of the Battery are closed for various improvements, including a connection between the Greenways along the Hudson River and the East River. The 12-acre site will feature a meandering bikeway and walkway through lushly planted perennial gardens; a reconstructed Battery Green, the large oval lawn that serves as a public assembly and performance area; restoration and relocation of 10 monuments to the perimeter for better placement and increased visibility; a protected and replanted woodland area; new paths, trees and seating surrounding the park, and upgraded paving, edging, furnishings and lighting.
Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

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