Terrible Swift Sword

Terrible Swift Sword

The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan

eBook - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
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.

Perseus Publishing
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

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.


Publisher: New York : Da Capo Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306821097
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xxiii, 387 p., [12] p. of plates) : ill., maps


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