In this newspaper's Weekend section Friday, writer Anne H. Oman did a marvelous job of describing Washington's sculptural heritage from most of the the wars during the nation's 206-year history. Only one war -- Korea -- has not been memorialized.
But wait! By the standards of the Veterans Administration and most historians, the article misplaced two wars -- the Indian wars, which stretched from 1817 to 1898, and the Mexican War of 1846-48. They're unmentioned.
There's no statue here of Gen. George Armstrong Custer, perhaps the most famously ill-fated of the Indian fighters, but there are two statues of an officer who served in both the "missing" conflicts, Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott, the commander of U.S. forces that invaded Mexico and who gained the nickname "Old Fuss and Feathers" as the Union's first commanding general in the Civil War.
An equestrian statue of Scott by Henry Kirke Brown was erected in 1874 in Scott Circle, 16th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW, and a standing statue in Napoleonic pose by Launt Thompson was erected in 1873 on the grounds of the U.S. Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, which Scott founded.
Incidentally, to deflect howls from history buffs, a Weekend editor asked me to correct one error in the story: John Paul Jones did not serve in the War of 1812, as reported, but in the Revolutionary War.