Julia Ward Howe

Julia Ward Howe (HM2LZP)

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N 38° 53.834', W 77° 1.926'

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1819 - 1910

Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was a poet, author, composer, abolitionist, suffragist and more—but she is most remembered for writing the lyrics to The Battle Hymn of the Republic. According to the story, she and her husband were asleep at the Willard Hotel one night in November 1861, when she awoke to voices in the street singing "John Brown's body lies a-moldering in the grave." From the window, she saw lines of Union troops marching by. Inspired, she composed new words to their tune, which they'd adapted from old hymns. The Battle Hymn of the Republic became the Union anthem.
Year Placed2019
Placed ByCharles Bergen Studios, funded by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities Public Art Building Communities Grant and the Downtown Business Improvement District
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Date Added Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at 11:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323774 N 4307335
Decimal Degrees38.89723333, -77.03210000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.834', W 77° 1.926'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 50.04" N, 77° 1' 55.56" W
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