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As the war waged in 1863, there were still areas clear of any military conflict. One of those was the elaborate Central Park right in the heart of New York City. In this photograph, two soldiers leisurely stroll across the park’s peaceful grounds, built in 1858 to accommodate the needs of a rapidly growing community. In 1903, a statue of Union Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman was erected in Central Park to honor his Civil War contributions.