Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book)


Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan

Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan review Ö 103 Unlike Gen Ulysses S Grant and Gen William T Sherman whose controversial Civil War era reputations persist today Maj Gen Philip H Sheridan has been largely untouched by controversy In Little Phil historian Eric J Wittenberg reassesses the war record of a man long considered one of the Union Army’s greatest generals From his earliest days at West Point Phil Sheridan refused to play by the rules He was fortunate to receive merely a suspension rather than expulsion when as a cadet he charged a superior officer with a bayonet Although he achieved fame as a cavalrym. This is a bit of an odd book The title is a little misleading since it focuses on Sheridan in 1864 65 only skimming over his service in the Western Theater It is not a true biography of Sheridan not even of those years It is almost in the style of an essay compilation especially since it is not all chronological except that there is flow between chapters The author suggests you should draw your own conclusions but his opinion is fairly clearThe first three chapters are in a fairly linear structure Sheridan s service through 1863 Sheridan s actions as cavalry corps commander during the Overland Campaign and his army command in the Shenandoah The book then delves into a narrower focus on Sheridan s flaws his insubordination his damaged relationship with Crook and his relieving Averell and Warren of their commands and his lying for personal gain Wittenberg wraps up with praise for Sheridan s performance during the Appomattox Campaign and a conclusion summarizing his criticisms of SheridanWittenberg clear isn t a fan of Sheridan but as someone who is arguably the modern authority on Union cavalry in Virginia during the Civil War he is certainly ualified to hold a strong opinion on such matters While I think the author is making many valid points of criticism it seems like he blames Little Phil for a little too much For example how much of Sheridan s caution in the Valley was due to guerillas like Mosby This isn t really addressed in this book but it factors in to some of Sheridan s actions Likewise the relief of Averell and Warren doesn t seem completely unreasonable as both had some skills but were arguably cautious to a fault the real issue seems to be the timing of their relief and the hypocrisy involved Sheridan s failure to relieve other subordinates like TorbertThe book raises some uestions in my mind that were perhaps mostly beyond the scope of the work Grant s arguably undeserved favoritism toward Sheridan reminded me of recent criticism I have read of James McPherson Sheridan s elevation to major cavalry command with minimal previous cavalry experience has always struck me as unusual and a comparison of other generals who received similiar promotions probably has some merit I also wondered how Sheridan s post war leadership compares to what he did during the war and how the war affected his post war serviceThis is a book that is probably worth reading because it provides an interesting perspective on Phil Sheridan but it also feels a little incomplete and doesn t seem like Wittenberg s best writing

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Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan review Ö 103 Ultimately rewarded for numerous acts of insubordination against his superiors throughout the war while he punished similar traits in his own officers Further in his combat reports and postwar writings he often manipulated facts to show himself in the best possible light ensuring an exalted place in history Thus Sheridan successfully foisted his own version of history on the American public This controversial new study challenges the existing literature on Phil Sheridan and adds valuable insight to our understanding of this famous but altogether fallible warrior. I have never been a fan of Phil Sheridan so I wanted to read this book even before it was written Finally an author who uestions his undeserved fame and fictional achievements Unfortunately the book isn t very well written but small discrepancies and redundancies are not too distracting Anyone interested in Civil War should read this

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Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan review Ö 103 An late in the Civil War Sheridan actually began the conflict as an infantry commander and initially knew little of the mounted service In his first effort as a cavalry commander with the Army of the Potomac in the spring of 1864 he gave a performance that Wittenberg argues has long been overrated Later that year in the Shenandoah Valley where Sheridan secured his legendary reputation he benefited greatly from the tactical ability of his subordinates and from his huge manpower advantage against the beleaguered Confederate troops of Lt Gen Jubal Early Sheridan was. Wittenberg s focus is narrow Sheridan in 1864 and 1865 In showings Sheridan s personal weaknesses the book is spot on He was arrogant impulsive spiteful and as ambitious as Lucifer In 1864 he was given command of the cavalry despite limited experience and he mostly failed in this capacity However Sheridan did show ability in combined arms tactics and as Wittenberg admits he was the man responsible for the victory at Appomattox He was an officer who needed to fail a little before he could succeedAll in all this is a solid iconoclastic work Yet Sheridan s good points are given little notice He was popular with the men and fought hard as evidenced by Stones River and Chickamauga Also although Sheridan ruined some reputations he was no Grant toady He had a life long affection for Rosecrans and Thomas Lastly he served in a wide variety of theaters and positions from staff work in Missouri to infantry division command in the Army of the Cumberland He is in my estimation one of the most flexible commanders of the war a solid combat leader but also hurt by some glaring character flaws

  • Paperback
  • 256
  • Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan
  • Eric J. Wittenberg
  • English
  • 10 December 2018
  • 9781574885484

7 thoughts on “Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book)

  1. says: Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg

    Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg Eric Wittenberg has gone against the grain of current Civil War scholarship to look at the facts underneath Phil Sheridan's sterling reputation Such revisionism is extremely welcome Sheridan had a very mixed military career but his protectors such as Ulysses S Grant and friendly biographers covered up the flaws in his personality and the b

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    Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg read & download Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan This is a bit of an odd book The title is a little misleading since it focuses on Sheridan in 1864 65 only skimming over his service in the Western Theater It is not a true biography of Sheridan not even of those years It is almost in the style of an essay compilation especially since it is not all chronological except that there is flow be

  3. says: Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg

    read & download Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg Wittenberg's focus is narrow Sheridan in 1864 and 1865 In showings Sheridan's personal weaknesses the book is spot on He was arrogant impulsive spiteful and as ambitious as Lucifer In 1864 he was given command of the cavalry despite limited experience and he mostly failed in this capacity However Sheridan did show ability in combined arms

  4. says: Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review

    free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review More of an expose' than the biography I was expecting It seems like Wittenberg expanded upon his graduate school thesis and it reads very much like one That said it does make you think twice about howwhy Sheridan reached the level he did in the Union army Only recommended for those who are REALLY into Sheridan

  5. says: Eric J. Wittenberg ó 3 review Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book)

    free read Ý eBook or Kindle ePUB ó Eric J. Wittenberg Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) I have never been a fan of Phil Sheridan so I wanted to read this book even before it was written Finally an author who uestions his undeserve

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    Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) Excellent short descriptions of all Sheridan's cavalry actions but the book is marred by Wittenberg's overwhelming dislike for the man

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    read & download Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan Little Phil A Reassessment of the Civil War Leadership of Gen Philip H Sheridan (E–book) Not a nice guy but perhaps the North's best combat leader Wittenberg thinks him overrated but I'm not convinced

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