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Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army - Volume 1 Paperback – July 6, 2010
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Sheridan died of heart failure on August 5, 1888 from excessive weight, he had reached over 200 pounds and his height was 5 feet 5 inches, and led to the nickname "Little Phil." Abraham Lincoln described his appearance in a famous anecdote: "A brown, chunky little chap, with a long body, short legs, not enough neck to hang him, and such long arms that if his ankles itch he can scratch them without stooping." The Preface to his memoir was dated 1888 August 2, just 3 days before his death.
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.
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.