Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridanby Joseph Wheelan
Alongside Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan is the least known of the triumvirate of generals most responsible for winning the Civil War. Yet, before Sherman’s famous march through Georgia, it was General Sheridan who introduced scorched-earth warfare to the South, and it was his Cavalry Corps that compelled Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse. Sheridan’s innovative cavalry tactics and “total war” strategy became staples of twentieth-century warfare.
After the war, Sheridan ruthlessly suppressed the raiding Plains Indians much as he had the Confederates, by killing warriors and burning villages, but he also defended reservation Indians from corrupt agents and contractors. Sheridan, an enthusiastic hunter and conservationist, later ordered the US cavalry to occupy and operate Yellowstone National Park to safeguard it from commercial exploitation.
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Joseph Wheelan, a former reporter and editor for The Associated Press, has written five books, including Jefferson’s War and Invading Mexico. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.
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This is a superb book especially post-Civil War activities of Sheridan. He was part of an unbeatable trio which included Sherman and Grant. Probably best book about Sheridan written.
Wasnt it "Stonwall" Jackson that was Lees 'Terrible Swift Sword"??? Why is this book rebranding Generals to sell it self. Title alone aludes to revisionism. Not read it yet, but will update on completion.