Statue: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, unveiled in 1903. Southeast corner of Central Park. Erected by the people of New York under the auspices of the Chamber of Commerce of the State of New York.
William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891)
Most famous for his scorched-earth tactics in the Civil War, General William Tecumseh Sherman brought that same military philosophy to the West, where he shaped a policy and strategy that would finally subjugate all the native peoples of the plains. Sherman was born in Ohio in 1820 and named after the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, who had tried unsuccessfully in the first decade of the nineteenth century to unite the tribes of the Ohio River Valley against American intrusions on their land. pbs.org/weta/thewest/people/s_z/sherman.htm
Blaine is amazing in his willingness to, literally, put himself in such strange positions. He looks so vulnerable here, even surrounded by security. He takes ten minutes per hour upright to get medically checked and pee. The park closes between 1 and 6AM. Who keeps an eye on what is going on then? But even with the breaks this stunt looks extremely uncomfortable, and yes dangerous to his health. Like a boxer, his career involves injury to his body. I hope his special tonight involves more street magic than his last one did. I like the guy.
live ABC primetime special, “David Blaine: Dive of Death,” Wednesday, September 24th (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET).