John Ericsson National Memorial

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John Ericsson National Memorial

District Of Columbia

(202) 426-6841

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During his lifetime, John Ericsson revolutionized several facets of technology. The Swedish-born engineer-inventor is best known for his work during the Civil War when he transformed naval warfare through his design of the iron-plated USS Monitor. The movements of Ericsson's pencil across his drafting board were as crucial to victory as the movements of Lincoln's armies across battlefields. The memorial is not staffed by Park Rangers. For information about the memorial, please see Park Rangers at the nearby Lincoln, Korean War Veterans, or Vietnam Veterans Memorials.

Map of John Ericsson

Latitude, Longitude: 38.879182, -77.039566



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    Captain John Ericsson possessed one of the greater engineering minds that ever existed. His inventions are legion, and affect us to this day. His creations reinforce the notion that anyone can come to this great nation and bring to fruition their dreams, large or small. His story testifies to the Opportunity afforded by a free society, and the personal drive to succeed, which if acted upon, can produce great things.

    Ericsson, an immigrant from Sweden, revolutionized the very concept of naval propulsion, with his development of the screw propeller. His love for the republican values of the United States manifested itself throughout the American Civil War. Ericsson's ship, the USS Monitor, helped to preserve the blockade effort of the United States Navy and ensured Yankee naval supremacy.


Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.



Interstate 395 provides access to the Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Route 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east. There is limited handicapped parking at the Lincoln and FDR memorials; otherwise parking is extremely scarce in Washington, D.C.

General visitor parking is available along Ohio Drive between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. Bus parking is primarily available along Ohio Drive near the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials.


Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transportation

The Metro stations close to the John Ericsson Memorial are Foggy Bottom/George Washington University, located at 23rd and I Streets, NW, and Arlington Cemetery, located across Arlington Memorial Bridge over the Potomac River. Both stations are just over 7/10 of a mile away and are approximately ten-minutes walking time to or from the memorial.

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(202) 426-6841