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By Paul Andrew Hutton

"Paul Hutton’s examine of Phil Sheridan within the West is authoritative, readable, and an enormous contribution to the literature of westward enlargement. even supposing established in Chicago, Sheridan performed a very important function within the beginning of the West. His command stretched from the Missouri to the Rockies and from Mexico to Canada, and all of the Indian Wars of the nice Plains fell less than his course. Hutton ably narrates and translates Sheridan’s western profession from the point of view of the head command instead of the battlefield chief. His publication is nice background and sturdy reading."–Robert M. Utley

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Phil Sheridan and His Army copyright © 1985 by the University of Nebraska Press, assigned to the author and transferred to the University of Oklahoma Press in 1998. Foreword by Robert M. Utley copyright © 1999 by the University of Oklahoma Press. All rights reserved. Oklahoma Paperbacks edition published by the University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, Publishing Division of the University. A. First edition, 1985. First printing of the University of Oklahoma Press edition, with foreword and nine new illustrations, 1999.

Sheridan's fellow officers saw him as a "modest, quiet little man," and his bashfulness became a legend in the Army of the Southwest, especially as it related to the ladies. Attracted to a young lady in Springfield, the nervous captain proved too shy to press his attentions and sent off his clerk to take the lady riding, while he provided horse and carriage. This proxy courtship proved agreeable to Sheridan, although his fellow officers expressed both amazement and delight at such an enterprise.

Lincoln objected because of Sheridan's youth, but youthful audacity was essential if the North was to seal off the Shenandoah breadbasket from Lee. The reputations of Frémont, Banks, Shields, Sigel, and Hunter were shattered campaigning in the valley, but Sheridan fared better. In September 1864 he soundly defeated Early at Winchester and Fisher's Hill. These victories won him a brigadier's star in the regular army. At Cedar Creek, however, the rebels caught the federals napping while Sheridan was absent and routed a portion of the army.

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