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There is a small public space along 34th and M in Georgetown known as the Francis Scott Key Memorial Park. This is a small area of public ground that was dedicated as a city park in 1993. You can walk through and all in 2-3 minutes.

Here you find two split colonnades with vines and foliage, creating a nice bit of shade. There are three information panels providing historical accounts of these area, information about Francis Scott Key and how the Star Spangle banner came to be. There is also a commemorative bust of Francis Scott Key.

The park was full of pink rose bushes which were in bloom during my May visit, making this a neat place during that time. The famous Georgetown (D.C.) Cupcakes is one block away. This could be a good spot to rest your feet and enjoy a cupcake.
One of the Civil War Monuments you can see in DC is that of General Hancock found at Pennsylvania Ave. and 7th Street. This is a bronze equestrian statue constructed in 1896 by Henry Jackson Ellicott on order of then President Grover Cleveland.

General Hancock was a veteran of the American-Mexican War as well as a Union General during the American Civil War. He was also a presidential candidate during the 1880 election.

The statue, features General Hancock, sitting impressively upon horseback in military attire. It is worth a quick look for those visiting Smithsonian Museums in the area as well as those specifically seeking out the Civil War Monuments around DC.
One of the interesting things near the White House is the First Division Monument situated at 17th and E Street, just south of the Eisenhower Building.

Constructed in 1924, here you will see a single standing column that is topped by a gilded figure of the Lady of Victory. It is a simple, touching and respectable tribute to the valiant soldiers who participated and those to perished during World War I.

You can conveniently see this monument if visiting the area attractions or when making your way between the White House and the National Mall.
One of the many interesting memorials to see in DC is the Civil War monument to George Gordon Meade found along Pennsylvania Avenue near 3rd Avenue.

The monument was created by Charles Grafly in 1927 and is made of Tennessee marble. It shows a a war time Union General Meade standing upon the front line of a battle scene.

Meade is surrounding in circular fashion by allegory of figures, each depicting a visual representation of the traits (Loyalty, Chivalry, Progress, Courage, Energy and Fame), which Meade believed were required to make a great war general.

The Meade monument is memorable in DC party due to the more abstract nature of the monument's composition, compared to the many other conventional and traditional style monuments to important historical American figures.

Overall, this one is less of a priority compared to the more famous monuments directly on The Mall. However, for those with an interest in the American Civil War, this is an important one to find and see.
The Anderson House is a lovely Beaux-Arts style mansion located on Massachusetts Ave. NW near Dupont Circle, which serves as the national headquarter for the Society of the Cincinnati. You can visit this National Historic Landmark building by way of free guided tours, which start 15 minutes past each hour and lasting approximately 1 hour.

This mansion was built between 1902-1905 for American diplomat, Larz Anderson. Many of the precious items within the estate were received gifts or items purchased during travels or periods of service abroad. Particularly impressive are the large scale ballroom and the upstairs dining room. Both are exquisitely decorated, displaying fine portraits, chandeliers, marble flooring, Flemish tapestries and other elegant furniture.

Near the end of the tour, you are shown a massive painting 'Triumph of the Dogaressa of Venice' by Spanish artist Jose Y Cordero Villegas. This is a beautiful painting, as are the Society of the Cincinnati war murals seen at the end of the tour. Other rooms and their possessions are equally delightful to view.

I really enjoyed my visit to the Anderson House and would highly recommend taking the free 1 hour tour here. Its well worth your time if you enjoy private collections and small museum visits.

Note: Photography is allowed throughout so feel free to snap away during your tour.