Major General Alexander Macomb

“Died at Washington, the seat of government, 25 June 1841,” reads part of his epitaph. I should think that even in 1841 one wouldn’t have needed to specify that Washington was the “seat of government.” But otiose overdetermination is not why I look at this obelisk (figure 1). Macomb (1782-1841: figure 2) had a distinguished […]

Hard Knox

Let’s look at this monument before we consider the man, except to date the monument to the period probably soon after his death in March 1892. The monument is run-of-the-mill bog standard for the 1890s, an obelisk influenced both by the Egyptian revival and the erection of the Washington Monument in the Capital City where […]