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The Life of General Philip H. SheridaneBook - 2012
Analyses the leadership and aggressive tactics of the lesser-known Union Civil War general, citing his pivotal role in introducing scorched-earth methods in the South and the contributions of his Cavalry Corps in securing Lee's surrender, explaining the innovative cavalry and "total war" strategies that became staples of 20th-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.