Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan
Union general, government official, and proponent of Yellowstone National Park--these were all part of the checkered career of Philip H. Sheridan. He earned the enmity of many Virginians for laying waste to the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War and played a major role in defeating Robert E. Lee at Appomattox.
Hardcover, 516 pages
Published December 1st 1998 by Digital Scanning
(first published 1888)
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Overall a good memoir equal in quality to Grant or Sherman's. I do appreciate the detail given for activities prior to the War and especially afterwards, which others (especially Grant) lack. My biggest complaint is that there is no definite conclusion. The memoir simply ends abruptly at the conclusion of Sheridan's European trip. There is no summary or well formed conclusion other than 'Europe makes me love America more'. I was hoping for more.
These pages represent General Phil Sheridan's autobiography. It covers his life from birth to late in his career. However, the major part of the book features his recollections from the Civil War. Not as lucid as Grant's biography, nonetheless this has value. His spare description of Five Forks is powerful for its lean treatment. Just so, other summaries of battles of which he was part. One of the better Civil War autobiographies. . . .
Philip Henry Sheridan (March 6, 1831 – August 5, 1888) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, who transferred Sheridan from command of an infantry division in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac in th...moreMore about Philip Henry Sheridan...