The monument to General William Tecumseh Sherman, a general who served under General Ulysses S. Grant in the Union Army during the Civil War, is elaborate and prominently placed, in President’s Park (the Ellipse), just next to the White House and in front of the Treasury building. Sherman’s record is controversial for his adherence to total war, which led him to ruthless policies and tactics.
On top of a large pedestal sits a bronze statue of Sherman on horseback, making it one of many equestrian statues in the city. Below him are depictions of war and peace. At the corners of the pedestal are statues of soldiers from each branch of the army as it existed in Sherman’s day: infantry, artillery, cavalry, and engineering.1
The original sculptor, Carl Rohl-Smith, died before much of the work was completed in 1903, so others took over to bring it to completion.1
Photos of the William T. Sherman Monument
How to Get Here
The Sherman Monument is in President’s Park next to the southeast corner of the White House grounds. If you’re walking from the Washington Monument facing the White House, President’s Park is off to your right across the Ellipse, right in front of the Treasure building.
If you’re going by public transport, the nearest metro stops are McPherson Square (Orange and Blue lines; 0.4 miles), Federal Triangle (Orange and Blue lines; 0.5 miles), or Metro Center (Orange, Blue, and Red lines; 0.5 miles).
The streets immediately around the White House are sealed off to motorized traffic and offer no parking or access. If you’re willing to walk several blocks there are a number of commercial parking garages in the downtown area and you might be able to find metered on-street parking.
There are no access restrictions day or night, although exercise common sense with all the security so close to the White House.
Commercial shoots and filming may require a permit.