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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


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


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.


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.


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.


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