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  • John T. Coleman
    We ve beat Grant, Thomas, Sherman, etc. to death. What about Sheridan? What do people think of him? Which books on him are good? The things that strike me
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 6, 2001
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      We've beat Grant, Thomas, Sherman, etc. to death. What about Sheridan?
      What do people think of him? Which books on him are good?

      The things that strike me are:

      1. How quickly he impressed Grant.
      2. His command experiences with large infantry and cavalry commands -
      perhaps the best rounded general to come from the war?

      IIRC, it was Sheridan who was sent to the Rio Grande and possible war
      with Mexico. Why not Sherman?

      John
    • Michael Mason
      Probably because Sherman s Army was going to march in the review,just my opinion The Baron On 06-Aug-01, John T. Coleman wrote:
      Message 2 of 5 , Aug 6, 2001
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        Probably because Sherman's Army was going to march in the review,just my opinion The Baron
        On 06-Aug-01, John T. Coleman <jtcoleman@...> wrote:
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        We've beat Grant, Thomas, Sherman, etc. to death.� What about Sheridan? <BR>
        What do people think of him?� Which books on him are good?� <BR>
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        The things that strike me are:<BR>
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        1.� How quickly he impressed Grant.<BR>
        2.� His command experiences with large infantry and cavalry commands -<BR>
        perhaps the best rounded general to come from the war?<BR>
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        IIRC, it was Sheridan who was sent to the Rio Grande and possible war<BR>
        with Mexico.� Why not Sherman?<BR>
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      • Dave Smith
        ... Sheridan? ... I think Sheridan lacks a good modern bio. I have O Conner s bio, and wasn t too awfully impressed - though it s been a while. Somehow, after
        Message 3 of 5 , Aug 7, 2001
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          --- In civilwarwest@y..., "John T. Coleman" <jtcoleman@p...> wrote:
          > We've beat Grant, Thomas, Sherman, etc. to death. What about
          Sheridan?
          > What do people think of him? Which books on him are good?
          >
          I think Sheridan lacks a good modern bio. I have O'Conner's bio, and
          wasn't too awfully impressed - though it's been a while.

          Somehow, after everything gets swept aside, Sheridan still comes off
          to me as a 30-something punk, in both attitude and actions.

          I think he was the right age, and temperament, though, for the time
          he came to prominence. Had he been around, say, in FitzJohn Porter's
          corps in the Seven Days, and exhibited the kind of battlefield
          shenanigans he portrayed later in the war - he'd not have lived
          through 1862.

          Dave

          Dave Smith
          Villa Hills, KY
        • aldrichr@dsmo.com
          Dave, What makes you say Sheridan was a punk ? (My GGGF was a regiment and brigade commander under him, and a friend of his, who basically idolized him, so
          Message 4 of 5 , Aug 7, 2001
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            Dave,

            What makes you say Sheridan was a "punk"? (My GGGF was a regiment
            and brigade commander under him, and a friend of his, who basically
            idolized him, so I'm interested in comparing his view with a more
            realistic one.)

            Bob A.

            --- In civilwarwest@y..., "Dave Smith" <dmsmith001@y...> wrote:
            > --- In civilwarwest@y..., "John T. Coleman" <jtcoleman@p...> wrote:
            > > We've beat Grant, Thomas, Sherman, etc. to death. What about
            > Sheridan?
            > > What do people think of him? Which books on him are good?
            > >
            > I think Sheridan lacks a good modern bio. I have O'Conner's bio,
            and
            > wasn't too awfully impressed - though it's been a while.
            >
            > Somehow, after everything gets swept aside, Sheridan still comes
            off
            > to me as a 30-something punk, in both attitude and actions.
            >
            > I think he was the right age, and temperament, though, for the time
            > he came to prominence. Had he been around, say, in FitzJohn
            Porter's
            > corps in the Seven Days, and exhibited the kind of battlefield
            > shenanigans he portrayed later in the war - he'd not have lived
            > through 1862.
            >
            > Dave
            >
            > Dave Smith
            > Villa Hills, KY
          • Dave Smith
            ... Bob, I certainly don t know if my view is a realistic one, but it s based on Sheridan and his dealings with others. Two incidents that stand out are his
            Message 5 of 5 , Aug 7, 2001
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              --- In civilwarwest@y..., aldrichr@d... wrote:
              > Dave,
              >
              > What makes you say Sheridan was a "punk"? (My GGGF was a regiment
              > and brigade commander under him, and a friend of his, who basically
              > idolized him, so I'm interested in comparing his view with a more
              > realistic one.)

              Bob,

              I certainly don't know if my view is a "realistic" one, but it's
              based on Sheridan and his dealings with others.

              Two incidents that stand out are his dealing with George Meade,
              during the opening of the Overland Campaign, and his dealing with
              G.K. Warren at Five Forks, and into the post-war Warren Court of
              Inquiry.

              Even though by the Court, Sheridan was no longer a 30-something punk,
              only years had been added to the attitude. Read the Court Inquiry
              sometime. Sheridan was a flat-out jerk.

              Dave
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