In 1864, General U. S. Grant summoned 33-year-old Major General Philip Sheridan to lead Meade's cavalry in the resilient yet seemingly lethargic Army of the Potomac. Sheridan's fiery determination and uncompromising demand for performance quickly gained him the upper hand against Confederate cavalry forces in Virginia. In this exciting new work, David Coffey explores Sheridan's relationships with his subordinates and their substantial role in shaping the final year of the Civil War and future U.S. military history.
David Coffey is chair of the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of Tennessee at Martin, where he teaches U.S. and Latin American history. His books include John Bell Hood and the Struggle for Atlanta and Soldier Princess: The Life and Legend of Agnes Salm-Salm in North America, 1861-1867.
Introduction: "Little Phil" Chapter 1: "The New Command" Chapter 2: "Many Gallant Officers and Men" Chapter 3: "War Is a Punishment" Chapter 4: "To the Bitter End" Chapter 5: "All Sorts of Barbarity" Chapter 6: "The Ablest of Generals" Chapter 7: "In at the Death" Chapter 8: "Fragments Scattered in His Path" Epilogue: "A Hold upon an Army" Bibliographical Essay