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Petersburg to AppomattoxThe End of the War in Virginia$
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Caroline E. Janney

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469640761

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469640761.001.0001

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Sheridan’s Personal Memoirs and the Appomattox Campaign

Sheridan’s Personal Memoirs and the Appomattox Campaign

(p.220) 8 Sheridan’s Personal Memoirs and the Appomattox Campaign
Petersburg to Appomattox

Stephen Cushman

University of North Carolina Press

While Sheridan’s memoirs have not enjoyed the popularity of those written by Grant and William T. Sherman, Cushman argues that they revealed considerable literary merit offering readers “richly textured glimpses of moments and subjects that have no counterparts in Grant’s and Sherman’s accounts.” Equally important, Cushman considers Sheridan’s stylistic choices and highlights the striking ways the general’s leadership style shone through his prose. A close examination of the memoirs exposes Sheridan’s frank self-justification, critiques of his fellow officers, self-censorship, and firm but constant vigilance for the welfare of his men. Indeed, this window into Sheridan’s personality helps explain his choices during the Appomattox Campaign.

Keywords:   Philip Sheridan, Civil War memoirs, Civil War generals, Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, Appomattox Campaign

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