General Willliam Tecumseh Sherman died in 1891,
5 years after our ClockTower was built.
He left the legacy of a fearless and fearsome leader of Union troops, taking over our military after General Ulysses S. Grant was elected president.
Famous for his “scorched earth” war campaigns, his brutality earned him this statue at 59th and Fifth since 1903.
It’s gold leaf over a large bronze casting,
by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Sherman was wounded twice in battle,
and had 3 horses shot out from under him.
The woman before him represents victory.
The palm branch in her left hand represents peace.
Not that Sherman cared about peace all that much.