General Sherman

General Sherman

plaster, 1895
permanent loan, the Murray family

It remains a mystery why Dallin’s entry for the General Sherman Monument in Washington, DC was omitted from the official record of the competition, held by the Society of the Army of Tennessee. The sculpture itself vanished for almost a century when its owners moved to South Carolina. That the work survived for so long in a region where Sherman is still reviled for his actions in the Civil War is something of a miracle. The Museum restored the sculpture in 2006 with a new sword for Sherman and a new tail for his horse. Although Dallin did not win the competition, the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association (Paul Revere was its first president) awarded him a Silver Medal for the sculpture. The medal, by Christian Gobrecht, was rediscovered in the cornerstone of Arlington’s Cyrus E. Dallin Elementary School.