Sheridan: The Life and Wars of General Phil Sheridan

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Vintage Books, 1993 - Biography & Autobiography - 464 pages
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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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User Review  - DeaconBernie - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

SHERIDAN: The Life and Wars of General Phil Sheridan

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A vigorous biography of the pugnacious Civil War general and Indian fighter, affectionately called ``Little Phil''—behind his back. The Union cavalry leader who rallied his seemingly routed Army of ... Read full review


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