Sheridan: The Life and Wars of General Phil Sheridan

Sheridan: The Life and Wars of General Phil Sheridan

by Roy Morris Jr.
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Morris writes with precise elegance and an acute sense of irony..He navigates each battlefield as deftly with a pen as Phil Sheridan ever did on horseback." — Milwaukee Journal

"Polished, accessible." — The New York Times Book Review

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Morris, editor of the journal America's Civil War , here presents the first modern biography of the Union's great cavalry commander, who died in 1888 at age 57. Sheridan's neglect by academic and popular historians arguably reflects the popular wisdomthis isn't a fact, it's an opinion; recast this sentence?/it's really universally accepted as fact, but see fix in any case.gs that he was an uncomplicated man, a battle captain whose Civil War career illustrated no broad social and philosophical issues. Relying heavily on Sheridan's memoirs, Morris's well-written text depicts Sheridan's ordinary prewar career and his initial successes as a brigade and division commander in the Western theater of operations. where's this? In 1863 he attracted the attention of U. S. Grant, whose favor Morris regards as the key to Sheridan's later career. Grant gave him a free hand in command of the Cavalry Corps, and later in the Shennandoah. Sheridan responded with a tireless offensive spirit not common in the Army of the Potomacaccording to whom?/this reviewer is a Civil War specialist, so I think we have to go with this.gs . As Grant's right arm, he had no need to develop either military or political sophistication. Whether as governor of Texas and Louisiana during Reconstruction or commanding in the Plains Indian Wars, Sheridan remained a beau sabreur. Morris's analysis of Sheridan's postwar years is balanced and empathetic, showing that he when or where? what comparison is meant by ``than''?state? performed reasonably well begs the question of what could be reasonably expected; ``nevertheless performed reasonably well''? as proconsul and Indian fighter. William Sherman characterized his fellow Ohioan as ``a persevering terrier dog, honest, modest, plucky and smart enough.'' Morris suggests that the judgment was as appropriate as it was clever. Illustrations not seen by PW. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679743989
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/28/1993
Series:
Vintage Civil War Library
Edition description:
1st Vintage Civil War library ed
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.12(d)

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