William Tecumseh Sherman

High above Grand Army Plaza, the Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman rides on the back of his horse, Ontario, led by the goddess Victory.

Immortalized in gold, leaf-coated bronze, and supported by a pink granite base, the celebrated American soldier watches over one of Central Park’s busiest entrances.

William Tecumseh Sherman is a great masterpiece of American sculptor (and New Yorker) Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It was commissioned by the New York Chamber of Commerce in 1892; after first modeling a bust of Sherman, Gaudens worked on the equestrian statue for 10 years, finally completing it in Paris in 1903. The monument was dedicated on May 30, 1903.