Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan
Eric J. WittenbergISBN: 1574885480;
Book DescriptionUnlike generals Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman, whose controversial Civil War-era reputations persist today, Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan has been largely untouched by controversy. In LITTLE PHIL, historian Eric J. Wittenberg reassesses the war record of a man long considered one of the Union Army?s greatest generals. From his earliest days at West Point, Phil Sheridan refused to play by the rules. He was fortunate to receive merely a suspension, rather than expulsion, when as a cadet he charged a superior officer with a bayonet. Although he achieved fame as a cavalryman late in the Civil War, Sheridan actually began the conflict as an infantry commander and initially knew little of the mounted service. In his first effort as a cavalry commander with the Army of the Potomac in the spring of 1864, he gave a performance that Wittenberg argues has long been overrated. Later that year in the Shenandoah Valley, where Sheridan secured his legendary...
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