Philip Sheridan (Union)

Philip Sheradin

General Philip Sheridan is number 5 on our famous people top 10 list of Civil War generals. Here is his micro biography:

General Philip Sheridan
Philip Sheridan – Union

Phillip Henry Sheridan was born on March 6, 1831 in Albany, New York. He grew up in a working-class family and received a basic education. Despite this, he was determined to make a name for himself and joined the United States Army at the age of 19.

Sheridan quickly rose through the ranks and became known for his excellent horsemanship and bravery in battle. He served in the Indian Wars and was a close friend of General George Armstrong Custer. In 1867, he led an expedition against the Cheyenne and Sioux tribes, resulting in the defeat of the Native American forces.

During the Civil War, Sheridan became a major general and was known for his support of African American soldiers. He was a key player in several battles, including the Battle of Cedar Creek, where his forces were able to turn the tide of the battle and secure a Union victory.

Philip Sheridan after Civil War

After the war, Sheridan was appointed as the Commanding General of the United States Army and was tasked with rebuilding the South. He was an advocate for black suffrage and worked to improve the lives of African Americans in the South.

In 1876, Sheridan played a crucial role in the Great Sioux War, leading his forces to victory in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour by the French government for his military service and was a popular speaker, often invited to give speeches at events and military gatherings.

In 1880, Sheridan ran for the Democratic nomination for the President of the United States, but lost to Winfield Scott Hancock. Despite this, he continued to be a respected figure in American history and was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1900.

Phillip Sheridan passed away on August 5, 1888 in Nonquitt, Massachusetts. He will always be remembered as a brave and dedicated soldier who played a crucial role in shaping American history. He was a man of unwavering courage, who always put his country and his fellow soldiers first.

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