Philip H. Sheridan

Philip H. Sheridan

Civil War (Union) · US Army · General

The famous General Phil Sheridan of the Civil War. He commanded the Cavalry Corps, Army of the Shenandoah, and Middle Military Division.

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Branch

Army

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Conflict Period

Other Service

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Service Start Date

1853

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Service End Date

1888

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Served For

United States of America

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Civil War (Union) (1861 - 1865)
Service Start Date

1861

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Service End Date

1865

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Rank

General

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Conflict Period

Civil War (Union)

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Branch

Army

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Served For

United States of America

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Stories about Philip H. Sheridan

Yes, this is THE famous Phil Sheridan

  • Ohio

Discovered the Pension File Index Card for the widow of General Phil Sheridan in FOLD3.       It says in simple words, Philip H. Sheridan, Colonel 2nd Michigan Cavalry. Few people notice him, because the pension card connects him with the 2nd Michigan Cavalry.

This man deserves a Memorial, because he is  THE  Phil Sheridan aka General Phil Sheridan. When the Civil War ended he was commander of ALL the Union Cavalry. But at the beginning of the Civil War, his talents were unrecognized. They placed him in charge of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry Regiment, and sent him to Northern Mississippi. At the Battle of Booneville, MS, Colonel Phil Sheridan defeated a much larger force. For this feat, he was promoted to General. From then on, he was called General Phil Sherman, and the Army wisely transfered him to a more important battle zone.

It is an odd thing to see that years later, when he died, the way his wife filled out an application for a widow's pension. For the lines on the form asking "what Regiment and Company did he serve in" she simply wrote "2nd Michigan Cavalry, F&S (Field and Staff officer)."  You can see this on the Pension File Card for Phillip H. Sheridan in Fold3.

Sheridan was born in New York and grew up in Ohio. He retired to Washington DC and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He has no known connections to Michigan, other than commanding the 2nd Mich Cav in Mississippi for a short time.

In the 1940's Hollywood movie "They Died With Their Boots On", starring Eroll Flynn, the character Phil Sheridan plays a major part in the story. The film is more fantasy than fact, but if you like Civil War history, it's fun to watch.

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12/23/2011
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