Sheridan: the life and wars of General Phil Sheridan
He was short, foul-mouthed, and so constitutionally pugnacious that he once thrashed a Southern train conductor who treated him rudely. He rose from the undistinguished rank of quartermaster to command the Union cavalry at the battles of Yellow Tavern (where he defeated his flamboyant rebel counterpart, J.E.B. Stuart) and Winchester. And when the Civil War was over, General Phil Sheridan continued to fight, whether that meant plunging into the bloody and byzantine politics of Reconstruction Louisiana or managing the inglorious war against the Plains Indians. This outstanding biography restores Sheridan to his place in American military history; examines his relationships with contemporaries like Grant, Sherman, and his ill-fated subordinate George Armstrong Custer, and makes the momentous age he lived in come back to life.
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I was hugely impressed with this book. It is a biography of perhaps the third best general of the Union army in the Civil War. Sheridan was a very flawed human being but he was a superb general able to see a very broad scene in battle, and then drive for the weakness. Politically, he was far less successful but with Grant backing him, he seems to have ignored his readily apparent weaknesses. I was struck by how he brought Lee to the finish with skillful actions.
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