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General Sheridan

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Philip líenry Sheridan, fo vyhom tho oountry 3 indebted for tho great triumph near Winchester, is a natiye of' Perry county, Qbio, bom in tho year 1831. He graduated at the West Point Military Aeademy in July, 1853, and at thajr, time entered the avmy s a brevet Second Lieutenant of the irst United States infantrj. D.urng the year 1853, 1854, aud 1855, iie served in the Indinn catnpaigns in Te?aa; and in July, pL that yoar, after serving a few months n command of one of the forts of ífeff York harbor, he was ordered to Galifopnia. Engaged for a while in the , erument railroad surve.ys 011 the i'aeifio coast, he was detatched from that service to take part in the canipaign agaiiftb the Iudians in Oregon Territory. Ja the eevere carapaign, ucder Major llaines, he greatly distinguished hirnself, and was liighly praised by bis eomuiun'áer for gallaui and meritonou.-i oonduct in the fight at the Cascados of Oohmbia, April 28, 1855. ' For the part he toojí ip the seWlement of the Iridian troubles in Oregon, Sheridan was very warraly eulogized by Gen. Soott, then General in-Chief of the army. Just after tho breakiug out of the rebeilion, he was made Captain of the 18th infantry, and served far severa! raonths ia St. Louis, a president oí' a ïiilitary commission eonyened at that pjaee. In December, 1801, he was made Quartermaster of the Army of the Southwest, the.ji operating iu Southern Missouri, and afterwards iu Arkatisas, under Generajl Samuel R. Curtís. lie remained with that army until aiter the great battle of Pea Kidge, in the apring of 1862, when he was appointed Chief Quartermaster on the staff of Generül Ealleck, then in oomiaafld of the army before Goriutb. In May, 1862, lie vas otíl-red and accepted the cominand of the Second Michigan Cavalry, ajjd from this time ho was iu his proper element, and his great merits as a soldier in active field servies were rapidly developed. ïhree dayg after he ast,imed coiaajand (üf ay 30) ka fought and defeatcd a considerable body of rebel oavalry near Corioth. In eleven days after this bewas entrusted with the oommauu of a brigade of cavalry ; and ou the Ist of j"ulf he yindicáted the cUvicü of hj.g commaudy fcy fighting and defeating ftiro regimeuts of rebel cavalry under the hotor,ious Calmers. ïhis action was go l?ji,lliant that it fon for ,hinj ihejstar of u brigadier, fhus ia one month he won his way by sheer fprce of active and nicritorious seryice, from the rauk of Major to that of General occr. In September of the pama year, be was giveu the command of the Third División of the Army of the Öhio, then opefatiog under Jiuoll in Kentucky. Ile fought his brigade with distinguished gallantry and suecess in the severe battle of PerryviUe iu Ootober of that yéar, and again with still groater distinction, UD(ler General Rosecrans in the victorious Murfreesboró campaign in December, 18G2, and January, 163. His services 1 at the time were of such distinguiahei merit that he was made a Major General, to date from December 31," 1862.' Prooi that time on his career iu the ïullahoma, Ghattanooga aud Chickamauga campaigns of ,Gen., in thé Chatiüooga and Mission Ridge campaign with General Grant, and ia tho great campaign of tho Army' of the Potornap, cominoncing n May, 186-t, al,l the time as a most accómplished and. stiepesaful General of a corps of cavalry, is stiíl so resh iu the memory of the people a3 to vender inore particular mentioa unnecessary.


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