Little Phil

Unlike Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. William T. Sherman, whose controversial Civil War-era reputations persist today, Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan has been largely untouched by controversy. In Little Phil, historian Eric J. Wittenberg reassesses the war record of a man long considered one of the Union Army's greatest generals.

From his earliest days at West Point, Phil Sheridan refused to play by the rules. He was fortunate to receive merely a suspension, rather than expulsion, when as a cadet he charged a superior officer with a bayonet. Although he achieved fame as a cavalryman late in the Civil War, Sheridan actually began the conflict as an infantry commander and initially knew little of the mounted service. In his first effort as a cavalry commander with the Army of the Potomac in the spring of 1864, he gave a performance that Wittenberg argues has long been overrated. Later that year in the Shenandoah Valley, where Sheridan secured his legendary reputation, he benefited greatly from the tactical ability of his subordinates and from his huge manpower advantage against the beleaguered Confederate troops of Lt. Gen. Jubal Early.



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  • One Continuous Fight: The Retreat from Gettysburg and the Pursuit of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, July 4-14, 1863

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  • Rush's Lancers: The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Civil War (2007)

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  • Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart's Controversial Ride to Gettysburg (2006)

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  • The Union Cavalry Comes of Age: Hartwood Church to Brandy Station, 1863

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  • Little Phil: A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen. Philip H. Sheridan

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  • At Custer's Side: The Civil War Writings of James Harvey Kidd

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  • With Sheridan in the Final Campaign Against Lee

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  • Under Custer's Command: The Civil War Journal of James Henry Avery (Memories of War)/p>

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  • Protecting the Flank: The Battles for Brinkerhoff's Ridge and East Cavalry Field, Battle of Gettysburg, July 2-3, 1863 (Discovering Civil War America)

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  • Gettysburg's Forgotten Cavalry Actions

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  • Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign

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  • "We Have It Damn Hard Out Here": The Civil War Letters of Sergeant Thomas W. Smith, 6th Pennsylvania Cavalry

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  • One of Custer's Wolverines: The Civil War Letters of Brevet Brigadier General James H. Kidd, 6th Michigan Cavalry

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