Thursday, April 30, 2009

Onward, General!

William Tecumseh Sherman, that is, being led by an allegorical
figure who represents peace.  They can be found in Grand Army
Plaza (not this one, but the one by the southeast entrance to
Central Park).  It was so named not because of its size, but for
the Grand Army of the Potomac (i.e., the Union Army).


  1. Great picture !
    Contrast between the goldish bronze (? !!) of the statue and the trees behind. BTW what are those trees, so full of flowers ?

  2. Peace? Looks like he has the same public relations firm as George W. and cabal.

    To quote the general: "I am tired and sick of war. Its glory is all moonshine. It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded, who cry aloud for blood, for vengeance, for desolation. War is hell.”

    Where was the peace for the countless thousands who thus suffered?

    Not to diminish what he did or to say other than what he did led that much more quickly to the cessation of the war (and therefore—Peace), but it would be far more fitting that he be depicted being led by the grim reaper and hounds of hell.

    I like the way you caught his torso in full sun, and, as Marylène said, the contrast between the shaded portions of the statue and the flowering trees behind makes the photo stand out.

  3. It is a lovely photo, Alexa - the balance of the light and shade, and it almost looks like they are both flying through the fluffy trees. Sad to think of the stories behind the beautiful façade. Is there a little bronze mustard seed tucked away somewhere?

  4. I would have hated to have been a Confederate back in those days.
    Seems he was quite a brutal warrior, so much so that an army tank was named after him.
    The symbol of peace leading his horse would have been welcomed by his enemies, - if any lived to tell the tale !

    Nice shot.

  5. Yes, the irony of Sherman being led by Peace was not lost on me either. (well stated, TG, and I had completely forgotten that it was Sherman who said "War is hell.") Wonder how long this statue would have lasted if it had been placed in, say, Atlanta??
    And Marylene, those trees are star magnolias (Magnolia stellata). They're in bloom all over the city right now.


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