General Sherman Memorial
Washington, DC

Photos/Text courtesy of Craig Swain, Leesburg, VA
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(June 2008) Enlarge The memorial to William T. Sherman stands off 15th Street, just southeast of the White House. Designed by Carl Rohl-Smith and erected by the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, the monument cost $150,000 when unveiled in 1903. The statue of Sherman mounted on his horse stands 14 feet high at the top of the pedestal. Flanking Sherman are figures representing war and peace. Bas-relief panels depict scenes from Sherman's campaigns. Portrait medallions depict key subordinates - Generals A.J. Smith, Grierson, Howard, McPherson, Logan, Blair, Ransom, and Dodge. At each corner of the monument are soldier figures representing the infantry, cavalry, artillery, and engineers. Finally, the names of thirty-five battles are listed below the steps of the monument

(June 2008) Enlarge The war figurine is depicted ripping her garments in grief over the body of a fallen soldier. Two vultures are depicted savaging, symbolizing the worst of any war, or as Sherman said, "War is all hell."



(June 2008) Enlarge The peace figurine holds an olive branch, escorting three children. The statue symbolizes the rebirth or renewal after a great conflict


(June 2008) Enlarge Panel is titled "Planning the Battle of Missionary Ridge" However the scene does not seem to mesh with the historical references


(June 2008) Enlarge This panel depicts Sherman and his army on the march


(June 2008) Enlarge Sherman's headquarters camp while on campaign

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