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Philip H. Sheridan

Date of Birth:      March 6, 1831
Hometown:        Albany, NY
Education:           West Point, 1853
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  General

Date of Death:     August 5, 1888
Place of Death:    Nonquitt, MA
Buried At:           Arlington National Cemetery

Major Battles:        Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Overland Campaign, Sheridan's 1864 Shenandoah Campaign, Siege of Petersburg, Appomattox Campaign

Interesting Fact(s):    Sheridan, who entered West Point, with the class of 1852, would be suspended one year, for fighting with another cadet.  He would start his Civil War service, as chief quartermaster, and commissary, for the Army of the Southwest.  His first action, would be at Shiloh.  After Shiloh, he would lead a regiment of Michigan cavalry.  His career would really take off, with promotions to brigadier general, and then to major general, in less than one year's time.  He would lead a division, at Chickamauga, and again at Chattanooga.  In the spring, of 1864, Sheridan would take command, of the cavalry, of the Army of the Potomac.  Under Sheridan's leadership, the U.S. Cavalry would never again be considered inferior, to the Confederate cavalry, of the Army of Northern Virginia.  After the Civil War, Sheridan would continue to win promotions, finally reaching full General, and commanding general, after W.T. Sherman's retirement.

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