Everyone loves the statue of a good general. Or even a mediocre one. New York has immortalized 10, if you only count Ulysses S. Grant and George Washington once, the rest of whom served in the Civil War on the Union side.
There are seven of Washington, starting with the statue of him and the Marquis de Lafayette in Manhattan’s Morningside Park, the two statues on the arch in Washington Square, a statue in Union Square, one in Flushing Meadows/Corona Park in Queens, one in Washington Plaza in Brooklyn and the enormous figure outside Federal Hall. The other generals are:
Ulysses S. Grant, the top Union commander by the end of the war, is set in the underside of the monumental arch in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, and also as a more traditional statue in Brooklyn’s Grant Park.
- Daniel Butterfield, a brigade commander and later the chief of staff for the Army of the Potomac, in Sakura Park off Riverside Drive in Manhattan.
- Edward B. Fowler, a regimental commander in the Army of the Potomac, at the intersection of Lafayette, Fulton and South Elliott in Brooklyn.
- Winfield Scott Hancock, known as Hancock the Superb (if contemporary accounts can be believed), who served with distinction at Gettysburg, among other places.
- Phillip Sheridan, commander of Grant’s cavalry corps, at Sheridan Square in Manhattan.
- William T. Sherman, the top Union commander in the western theater, at the southeast corner of Central Park.
- Franz Sigel, a German immigrant and popular corps commander, at Riverside Drive and 106th.
- Henry Warner Slocum, a corps commander in both theaters, in Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn.
- Gouverneur Kemble Warren, in his time considered to be a hero of Gettysburg, also in Grand Army Plaza.