Philip Sheridan
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1831
Date of Death: 1888
Cause of Death: Heart failure
Religion: Catholicism
Occupation: Soldier
Spouse: Irene Rucker
Children: Four
Military Branch: Union
Army (American Civil War)
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Military Branch: Army of the Potomac (Second American Revolution)

Philip Henry Sheridan (March 6, 1831 – August 5, 1888) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant, who transferred Sheridan from command of an infantry division in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac in the East. In 1864, he defeated Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley. His destruction of the economic infrastructure of the Valley, called "The Burning" by residents, was one of the first uses of scorched earth tactics in the war. In 1865, his cavalry pursued General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and was instrumental in forcing their surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9 of that year.

Philip Sheridan in The Guns of the South

Philip Henry Sheridan continued to serve in the US Army after the Second American Revolution. The tensions between the US and Great Britain soon degenerated into war. The land war went well for the US. In early 1868, Sheridan captured Winnipeg in British North America.[1]


  1. The Guns of the South, pg. 405, HC.
Military offices
Preceded by
William Sherman
General-in-Chief of the United States Army
Succeeded by
John Schofield