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General Philip Henry Sheridan Monument (Lincoln Park, Illinois)


The General Philip Henry Sheridan Monument honors the service of military leader and Union Army hero Philip Henry Sheridan. Located in Lincoln (Abraham) Park, the bronze equestrian statue was commissioned by the Philip Sheridan Monument Association and produced by famed artist Gutzon Borglum. While typically honored for his bravery in the Civil War and efforts during Chicago's 1871 Great Fire, Sheridan remains a controversial figure. He employed brutal scorched earth tactics against Native Americans and allowed Bison poaching, which nearly led to their species' extermination. Recently, public awareness of Sheridan's iniquitous past has led to the monument's defacement using graffiti.

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