OOS Sculpture

The Sheridan Monument

1905 / Carl Heber / Somerset

Front of Sheridan Monument

A monument to General Phillip Henry Sheridan who was raised in Somerset, Ohio. He was best known for his involvement at the Battle of Cedar Creek in the Civil War. The bronze sculpture depicts Sheridan's famous ride to Winchester, placing him on a rearing horse, waving his hat in the air. At the time, it was the only Civil War equestrian statue in the state of Ohio. The granite base contains dedicatory inscriptions.

In 2018, his niece, Nellie Sheridan Wilson, a notable figure in her own right, finally received her own statue (OOS Item #1903), directly behind him, outside of the former post office where she served as postmistress. She and her sister, Mary, had spearheaded the drive to create and place the statue of General Sheridan in Somerset in 1905, and Sheridan Wilson was directly responsible for the creation of the penny fund to pay for the granite base.

General Sheridan's monument sits in the middle of a traffic circle in Somerset Square, right in front of the Perry County Courthouse. It's a very busy intersection, making a close-up visit to the statue difficult. There are several parking spots scattered in the corners of the square and along neighboring streets.

Links to historical images of the monument can be found below under Additional Details, in the Additional Resources field.

Location: Somerset Square roundabout, S Columbus and E Main, US-22 and OH-13

County

: Perry

Citation

: Carl Heber, “The Sheridan Monument,” Ohio Outdoor Sculpture , accessed May 7, 2021, https://oos.sculpturecenter.org/index.php/items/show/1658.

Dublin Core

Title

The Sheridan Monument

Description

A monument to General Phillip Henry Sheridan who was raised in Somerset, Ohio. He was best known for his involvement at the Battle of Cedar Creek in the Civil War. The bronze sculpture depicts Sheridan's famous ride to Winchester, placing him on a rearing horse, waving his hat in the air. At the time, it was the only Civil War equestrian statue in the state of Ohio. The granite base contains dedicatory inscriptions.

In 2018, his niece, Nellie Sheridan Wilson, a notable figure in her own right, finally received her own statue (OOS Item #1903), directly behind him, outside of the former post office where she served as postmistress. She and her sister, Mary, had spearheaded the drive to create and place the statue of General Sheridan in Somerset in 1905, and Sheridan Wilson was directly responsible for the creation of the penny fund to pay for the granite base.

General Sheridan's monument sits in the middle of a traffic circle in Somerset Square, right in front of the Perry County Courthouse. It's a very busy intersection, making a close-up visit to the statue difficult. There are several parking spots scattered in the corners of the square and along neighboring streets.

Links to historical images of the monument can be found below under Additional Details, in the Additional Resources field.

Creator

Date

1905

Source

https://www.hmdb.org/m.asp?m=13096
https://nelliesheridanstatue.wordpress.com/the-nellie-blog/the-sheridan-monument/

Contributor

Identifier

1658

Sculpture Item Type Metadata

Location City

Location County

Provider Entity

Nellie Sheridan Wilson
Mary Sheridan
Somerset citizens
State of Ohio

Location Street

S Columbus and E Main
US-22 and OH-13

Location Type

Installation Date

1905

Materials

Inscription

"Erected to the memory of Gen Philip H. Sheridan by the State of Ohio 1905"

Additional Resources

Historical photos of the Sheridan Monument, courtesy of Ohio History Connection:
https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll32/id/14557
https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll32/id/14500
https://ohiomemory.org/digital/collection/p267401coll32/id/6088
Thomas Buchanan Read's poem, "Sheridan's Ride," which helped inspire The Sheridan Monument, and a look at the actual facts of his ride, courtesy of the Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park:
https://www.nps.gov/cebe/learn/historyculture/sheridan-s-ride.htm
Early 1900s images of Sheridan Monument, courtesy of Perry County Historical and Cultural Arts Society:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249458625/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249438876/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249333804/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249317145/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249332025/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249417296/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/hcapc/10249226816/