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.