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Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridanby Joseph Wheelan
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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.
A compelling new biography of General Sheridan, whose leadership and aggressive tactics helped win the Civil War, crush the Plains Indians, and save Yellowstone National Park
In this compelling and crisply written biography, historian Joseph Wheelan examines the life and wars of the indomitable General Phil Sheridan, whose leadership and aggressive tactics helped win the Civil War, crush the marauding Plains Indians—and save Yellowstone.
About the Author
Joseph Wheelan is the author of Libby Prison Breakout, Mr. Adamss Last Crusade, Invading Mexico, Jeffersons War, and Jeffersons Vendetta. Before turning to writing books full time, Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for twenty-four years. He also reviewed books for the AP and, among other things, wrote about the Korean War and the continuing battle by its veterans to obtain government benefits for cold-weather injuries. He lives in Cary, North Carolina.
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