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Little Phil : a reassessment of the Civil War leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan

Author: Eric J Wittenberg
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brassey's, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In Little Phil, historian Eric J. Wittenberg reassesses the war record of a man long considered one of the Union Army's greatest leaders." "Throughout his life, Phil Sheridan was by all accounts a lucky man. He was fortunate to receive merely a suspension, rather than an expulsion, when as a West Point cadet he attacked a superior officer with a bayonet. During the Civil War, he was ultimately rewarded for numerous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Case studies
History
Named Person: Philip Henry Sheridan; Philip H Sheridan; Philip Henry Sheridan
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Eric J Wittenberg
ISBN: 1574883852 9781574883855
OCLC Number: 49320302
Description: xxi, 250 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Philip Henry Sheridan : a sketch of his life and career in the Civil War --
Sheridan as cavalry corps commander : mediocrity reigns --
Little Phil in the Shenandoah Valley : a victorious campaign bereft of decision --
Sheridan's disobedience to orders --
Little Phil's cavalier destruction of lives and careers --
Sheridan's mendacity --
Little Phil's finest moment : the pursuit of Robert E. Lee, spring, 1865 --
Conclusion : Philip Henry Sheridan reassessed.
Responsibility: Eric J. Wittenberg ; foreword by Jeffry D. Wert.
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Wittenberg has edited and authored several texts on American history and written numerous articles for national Civil War magazines. He combines a knowledge of history with his training and  Read more...

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