"One of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War": First Edition of the Personal Memoirs Of P. H. Sheridan
Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan.
Sheridan, Philip Henry.
Item Number: 65343
New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1888.
First edition of Sheridan’s military autobiography, with 27 maps and 18 plates. Octavo, 2 volumes, original gilt-stamped green cloth, patterned endpapers. In near fine condition with light rubbing and wear.
General Philip Henry Sheridan was the most important Union cavalry commander of the Civil War, and ranks as one of America's greatest horse soldiers. From Corinth through Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, he made himself a reputation for courage and efficiency; after his defeat of J.E.B. Stuart's rebel cavalry, Grant named him commander of the Union forces in the Shenandoah Valley. There he laid waste to the entire region, and his victory over Jubal Early's troups in the Battle of Cedar Creek brought him worldwide renown and a promotion to major general in the regular army. It was Sheridan who cut off Lee's retreat at Appomattox, thus securing the surrender of the Confederate Army. The Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan is considered one of the best first-hand accounts of the Civil War.