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HORIZON/CIVIL WAR     7/29/99    General Sheridan statue on Sheridan Circle...23rd and Mass NW   Original Filename: Sheridn1.jpg ORG XMIT: ; 2
HORIZON/CIVIL WAR 7/29/99 General Sheridan statue on Sheridan Circle...23rd and Mass NW Original Filename: Sheridn1.jpg ORG XMIT: ; 2 (By Robert A. Reeder -- The Washington Post)
Sunday, July 3, 2005

This bronze general on horseback (Washington has many) is Philip H. ("Little Phil") Sheridan (1831-1888). You can tell he's a cavalryman from the gauntlets on his gloves. The horse is called Rienzi. (Or was: In 1864, after carrying the general to a famous Civil War victory in the Shenandoah Valley, Rienzi was renamed Winchester.) This equestrian statue is in Sheridan Circle. It's better than most.

Its sculptor -- Gutzon Borglum (1867-1941) -- was born in Utah, the son of a Danish Mormon bigamist. Borglum was a follower of Rodin's and an energetic go-getter. One can sense this in his art. Borglum's muscular and manly work was much admired by Theodore Roosevelt. The sculptor reciprocated. It was he who put T.R.'s likeness on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.

--Paul Richard

Gutzon Borglum's statue -- at Massachusetts Avenue and 23d Street NW -- was unveiled in 1908.


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