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 Ericssonís pencil across his drafting board were as crucial to victory as the movements of Lincolnís armies across battlefields.
The memorial is located near the Lincoln Memorial just near the West Potomac Park, near the actual river. It's opposite the Korean War Memorial.