General Philip Sheridan was a Civil War commander who was instrumental in securing Union army successes during the Valley campaigns of 1864, most notably the battle of Cedar Creek.
The contract for this sculpture was originally awarded to John Quincy Adams Ward, who had been a close friend of Philip Sheridan. Ward ended up losing the commssion due to his procrastination and Borglum, a rival of Ward, swooped in with a detailed proposal. He lobbied Sheridan's daughter Irene who was very impressed and at her behest the contract went to Borglum instead.
The memorial is at the center of Sheridan Circle in Washington, D.C. and was dedicated on November 25, 1908. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
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The sculpture is a bronze statue commissioned in honor of University of Virginia alumnus James Rogers McConnell’s heroism and courage in World War I. He was a member of the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron of the French Air Force in World War I that was largely composed of American volunteer pilots.
The statue was designed by Gutzon Borglum and dedicated in 1919. It is approximately 12 feet high and 8 feet, 6 inches wide.
Situated in front of Clemons Library on the grounds of the University of Virginia, "The Aviator" has been a fixture in everyday life at the University. It has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 2006.
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