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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: FQ Books (July 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VRZAVI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,452,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Bienvenu on September 29, 2013
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Not as well-written as the war memoirs of Grant and Sherman, but that's tough competition! Interesting, nevertheless
and Sheridan's personality shines through.
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By Edgregious on March 26, 2015
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I honestly knew nothing more about P. H. Sherman when I downloaded this volume than the fact that he was a Civil War Union general of some note. I came away with a great respect for him as a tactician and as a leader. In his humble direction of his talents to serve the United States government he reminds me of one of the great Roman generals: sometimes, against all odds, greatness, humility and integrity are able to inhabit the same body and to survive both success and failure - the one never inflating nor the other discouraging too much, the man being constant. Sheridan was indeed a man whom Rudyard Kipling might have been thinking of when he wrote If.

That much for P. H. Sheridan. The reason for the missing star is this edition: there are many annoying proofreading mistakes in the transcription, ludicrously misplaced commas as well as words which look something like the word which Sheridan probably wrote in the way a paper bag might be taken for a sleeping dog in a darkened room: i.e., not that much. Makes me want to volunteer as a proofreader for Project Gutenberg, where this text probably originated. I think I will, by jingo.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Cummins on October 6, 2012
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I really loved the book. I particularly enjoyed his brief explanation of how five foot one hundred ten pound Sheridan was given a years furlough from West Point for fighting a six foot senior student. He really was a tiny terror on the battlefield. His early years as a young officer in Oregon and Washington states was great. In the civil war he rapidly rose through the ranks to General when still in his twenties. His contribution to victory in the civil war with Grant and Sherman was a pleasure to read as it was very well written.
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Many books that I read about the Civil War and the period following led to
my idea that Sheridan was a bit of a self-promoter. His Memoirs certainly
re-enforced that idea, but it also appeared that he may have had good reason
to feel pretty good about himself. Also, Grant was a good judge of men.

To my pleasant surprise, Sheridan wrote in such a way that really kept me
interested in his words. He explained a lot of things, including the lay of the
land, and other information that is often lacking in other works.
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By pat on August 25, 2013
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What can I say. Words straight from the mouth of one of the Union's finest General Officers. If you like frontier and Civil War History, this is one of the works you should read. Everyone has heard of J.E.B Stuart, but most folks don't know about little Phil Sheridan.... even though he was the General who defeated Stuart. I wonder how he would have done against General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who some say was the finest cavalry officer from either side.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By h lynn keith on August 4, 2012
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1. Short review: :-)

2. Long review:

2.1. What I liked: History that you cannot get anywhere else, especially Sheridan's coverage of the Franco-Prussian War.

Roller-coaster or walk-in-the-park? Mostly roller-coaster, but we know how the ride ends.

These books are free, and they are worth the downloads.

2.2. What I did not like: Sheridan's writing style. His prose is gilded and pompous sounding. His writing shows the influence Grant had on him and becomes readable when he served under Grant, but out from under Grant's tutelage, he reverts to his old heathen ways.

2.3. Who I think is the audience: History buffs.

2.4. Is the book appropriate for children to read? Yes.

2.5. On the basis of reading this book, will I buy the author's next book? No. I've read all the Sheridan I can stomach.

2.6. Other: I read Ulysses S Grant's memoirs and William T Sherman's memoirs.

I divide Sheridan's memoirs into five parts: 1. In California and Oregon before the War; 2. The War; 3. After the War; 4. The Indian Wars; and 5. The Franco-Prussian War and a tour of Europe.

1. In California and Oregon before the War.

Sheridan graduated from West Point in 1853. Soon he was ordered to the Pacific Northwest where he treated with and fought the local Indians in small unit actions. He campaigned summer and winter. This was important for his later campaigns against the Plains Indians.

By Sheridan's account, he won the conflicts with the Indians single-handed. He stood short in the saddle and short on modesty.

2. The War.

Unlike Sherman, Sheridan did not plaster his memoirs with copies of orders.
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By Smart Shopper on April 10, 2015
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good history book.......the language is a little dated but hey it's free and informative. What more can you ask for in a history book
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By jaspr65 on April 14, 2014
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He has been accused of blowing his own whistle but if he didn't who would? I enjoyed this book very much....I especially like reading abut where an individual came from and where their enterprise took them in life..I think this book does that..I would recommend.
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