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General Philip H. Sheridan

In 1831 Philip Henry Sheridan was born in Albany, New York. Soon after, Philip and his Irish immigrant parents settled in the small city of Somerset in Ohio. Philip's father made his living as a laborer on the railroad. As a result of her husband's necessary time away from home, Philip's mother became the primary caretaker of her son. Philip regularly attended the local school in Somerset and as a teenager he took on work as a store clerk to help his family.

The year 1848 marked the beginning of Philip Sheridan's Time at West Point. His years at West Point were fairly uneventful and he has been described as an, "..undistinguished student.." However, one particular event served to delay his graduation by a year. Sheridan was reportedly suspended from classes because he went after another student with a, "..bayonet.." Despite the suspension, he graduated from West Point in the year 1853 somewhere near the bottom portion of his class.

According to the information on Philip Sheridan and the Civil War he started out as an Army lieutenant. He moved quickly through the ranks from quartermaster to an officer in the Cavalry. One reason for his speedy promotions may be explained by the description of Sheridan as an, "..inspiring, irascible leader.." He soon earned the rank of a successful General in the Union Army. The Civil War information goes on to explain that Sheridan and his troops saw victory in battle many times, including the famous battle at Cedar Creek. Sheridan also moved the enemy out of the Shenandoah Valley and made it uninhabitable for further enemy activities. At the conclusion of the Civil War, Sheridan and his troops helped to prevent General Lee's escape from Appomattox. Through his experiences in the Civil War, Sheridan had proved himself a dedicated and courageous leader with full command of his troops.

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Philip Sheridan's brave service to the Union during the Civil War earned him many honorable promotions. Sheridan's Life After the Civil War included the position of Lieutenant General in 1869. Later, in 1883 at the age of fifty-three Sheridan assumed control of the highest military office in our nation. Finally in 1888, Philip Sheridan was honored as a full General and awarded a fourth star by President Cleveland. Only three men in history had received this honor including: Washington, Sherman, and Ulysses S. Grant.

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General Philip Sheridan will be remembered as one of the United States most courageous and honored military leaders. Though his start in life was a humble one, his persistence of character and love for his country enabled him to be of great service to all Americans.

Published: 2010-01-20