Monday, January 12, 2015

Why It's Called Sheridan Road in Chicago-- Part 4: Galloping to Danger

General Philp H. Sheridan always had the penchant to gallop toward the scene of danger and disaster and snatch victory from it.  The statue at Sheridan and Belmont, designed by noted artist Gutzon Borglum, who also designed Mount Rushmore and Georgia's Stone Mountain, shows him at the Civil War Battle of Cedar Creek, in Virginia, where he rallied panicked soldiers and turned a defeat into a major victory.

Sheridan was a popular person among Chicago's elite and even enrolled in the Bournique School of Dance, where he learned to waltz and polka with the likes of George Pullman, Marshall Field and Robert Todd Lincoln, son of Abraham.

He was considered one of Chicago's most eligible bachelors before marrying Irene Rucker, the much-younger daughter of a fellow officer in 1975.

His wife, Irene Sheridan was present at the statue's dedication in 1924.    Philip Sheridan had died in 1888, the year his namesake Fort Sheridan was dedicated.


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