: Illustration of General Henry Philip Sheridan, who rose to General of the Army by the end of his military career. General Sheridan is shown in his formal dress uniform - a double-breasted coat with three rows of two buttons, a sash, and three medals pinned to his chest. The uppermost medal on his coat indicates his service in the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War. The illustration originally appeared in "The Pictorial History of the Great Civil War" by John Laird Wilson, 1878.
Sheridan (1831-1888) was born to Irish immigrants John and Mary Sheridan, who settled in Somerset, Ohio. As a young man, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. When the Civil War broke out, Sheridan was a captain in the army; by the end of the war, he had been promoted to major general. Just before his death he became the fourth man to receive the rank of full general, following George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, and William T. Sherman. Over the course of his career he held numerous important positions, including Commander of the Army of the Shenandoah, military governor of Texas and Louisiana, and commander in chief of the U.S. Army. View on Ohio Memory.
: AL04288 Subjects
: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Military officers; Ohio History--Military Ohio; Sheridan, Philip Henry, 1831-1888; Generals--United States Places
: Somerset (Ohio); Perry County (Ohio)