Ulysses S. Grant Memorial The statue honors American Civil War general and U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant. It sits at the base of Capitol Hill, below the west front of the US Capitol. Its sculpture of Grant on horseback faces west, over the Capitol Reflecting Pool and toward the Lincoln Memorial, which honors Grant’s wartime president, Abraham Lincoln. The Grant and Lincoln Memorials define the eastern and western ends, respectively, of the National Mall.