WAIST UP CDV OF MAJOR GENERAL PHIL SHERIDAN

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Nice clean clear image of Sheridan in the uniform of a major general. He is posed facing the camera with his head turned slightly to the left.

Mount corners have been rounded.

Reverse is blank except for a hand canceled 2 cent stamp.

Philip Henry Sheridan was born March 6, 1831. He graduated from West Point in 1853 ranked 34th out of a class of 52.

At the out-break of the Civil War Sheridan was to be assigned to the 13th US Infantry but in route to his assignment he was detailed by Major General Henry Halleck as a staff officer. Sheridan eventually landed the command of an infantry division. His career was noted for his rapid rise to Major General and his close association with General-in-Chief Ulysses S. Grant, who transferred Sheridan from command of an infantry division in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac in the East. In 1864, he defeated Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley and his destruction of the economic infrastructure of the Valley was one of the first uses of scorched earth tactics in the war. In 1865, his cavalry pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee and was instrumental in forcing his surrender at Appomattox.

Sheridan fought in later years in the Indian Wars of the Great Plains. Both as a soldier and private citizen, he was instrumental in the development and protection of Yellowstone National Park. In 1883, Sheridan was appointed General-in-Chief of the U.S. Army, and in 1888 he was promoted to the rank of General of the Army during the term of President Grover Cleveland.

He died on August 5, 1888. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.    [AD]

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