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The Civil War warriors: Fascinating photographs of the Union generals who kept the U.S. together 150 years ago

Philip Sheridan (1831-1888) used brutal 'scorched earth' tactics on the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, but later became a strong supporter of Yellowstone National Park; he was made General of the Army shortly before his death

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Generals Wesley Merritt, Philip Sheridan, George Crook, James William Forsyth, and George Armstrong Custer around a table examining a document.

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Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan and his generals in front of Sheridan's tent, 1864. Left to right: Henry E. Davies, David McM. Gregg, Sheridan, Wesley Merritt, Alfred Torbert, and James H. Wilson.

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General Philip Sheridan. Much of the rest of Sheridan's life after the Civil War involved the struggle against the Plains Indians. Sheridan he stated of them, "the only good Indians I ever saw were dead." In 1875, he married Irene Rucker; and at 22, was half his age. She would bear him three daughters and a son, Philip Jr. In 1884 Sheridan was promoted to full general, and became Commanding General of the U.S. Army. He died in 1888 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Native American Genocide

General Philip H. Sheridan was the commander of the United States forces [...] he had plans of exterminating the buffalo. He thought this would kill the Plains Indians. “Kill the buffalo and you kill the Indians” he said.

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Candid photograph of General of the Army, Philip Sheridan, and his friend Major General James Forsyth, sitting on a back porch

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