Phil Sheridan and His Army by Paul Andrew Hutton

By Paul Andrew Hutton

"Paul Hutton’s learn of Phil Sheridan within the West is authoritative, readable, and a huge contribution to the literature of westward growth. even supposing based in Chicago, Sheridan performed a very important function within the establishing of the West. His command stretched from the Missouri to the Rockies and from Mexico to Canada, and the entire Indian Wars of the good Plains fell below his path. Hutton ably narrates and translates Sheridan’s western profession from the point of view of the head command instead of the battlefield chief. His publication is sweet background and strong reading."–Robert M. Utley

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Stanley, and George Crook. These officers proved important to Sheridan's career. But military fervor had its limits. When Richard M. Johnson, the reputed slayer of Tecumseh and Democratic vice-presidential candidate, campaigned in Somerset, Philip refused to shake his hand, even though he admired the Indian fighter, declaring it improper for a Whig to shake with a Democrat. Loyalty, be it to a political party, the Union, or a comrade, was early Sheridan's first consideration. 3 Sheridan attended Somerset's one-room schoolhouse.

Among those executed was Tumult, a Cascade Indian who on the morning of the attack had warned many settlers and guided one old white man to safety. Sheridan believed that the "summary punishment inflicted on the nine Indians . . "18 A few days after the executions, Joseph Meek, the famed mountain man, arrived at Sheridan's camp at the Cascades, inquiring after the family of a friendly Chinook chief named Spencer who had been acting as an interpreter for the army. Spencer's family had been sent from Fort Dalles to Fort Vancouver several days before and were overdue.

To advance up the ridge appeared suicidal, but to stay in the rifle pits was equally deadly. Sheridan sent an aide off to his commander, Gordon Granger, begging permission to take the ridge. When the officer returned with Granger's assent, Sheridan beamed. Taking a pewter flask from his aide, Sheridan toasted the Confederate headquarters directly above him. As he gulped down the brandy, the Confederate batteries answered with a mighty volley that sent dirt and rock flying all around him. Cursing rebel rudeness, Sheridan tossed the flask up the ridge, mounted his black charger, Rienzi, and led his division roaring up Missionary Ridge.

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