Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan, First Edition, Two-Volume Printing, 1888
Sheridan, Philip Henry. Personal Memoirs of P.H. Sheridan, General United States Army. New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888. First Edition. Bound in green cloth and gilt embossed boards. Housed in custom built archival slipcase.
This first edition of P.H. Sheridan’s personal memoirs was published by Charles L. Webster & Company in 1888. Published with 27 maps and 17 plates, the autobiography is highly illustrated. A gilt embossed depiction of Sheridan waving his hat as he rides his galloping horse adorns the cover of both volumes. Called a "Shoulder Strap" edition, these first edition books, and others published by Mark Twain's brief publishing venture, have a bar with three stars on the spine that evokes the stars on a military officer's shoulder strap. The two volumes are housed together in a custom matching archival slipcase.
Sheridan's autobiography is often considered one of the best firsthand accounts of the Civil War. Sheridan finished the work only days before he passed away, forbidding him from witnessing the popularity of the book. In addition to his early life, Sheridan recounts three decades of military service including his decisive Civil War campaigns and later Indian campaigns. He also includes his controversial governorship of Texas and Louisiana. These personal memoirs of the famous Union General cover some of the most important moments of the Civil War and gives the audience an insider’s account of events and the environment afterwards.
Philip Henry Sheridan was considered one of the more aggressive leaders of Grant’s army. Given command of a Cavalry Unit, Sheridan was known for obtaining results for the Union forces. He successfully led the Shenandoah Valley Campaign in 1864, destroying much of the Confederate food supply and putting added pressure on General Lee’s army. During the conflict at Petersburg, Virginia, Sheridan led a cavalry group to seize a nearby railroad supplying Lee’s men and forcing them to fall back causing the final assault at Appomattox Court House the next day. Afterwards, Sheridan served as governor of Texas and Louisiana but was removed after his harsh treatment led to complaints. Instead, he was sent west to lead a campaign against the Native Americans. P.H. Sheridan was an important figure in American history and his memoirs not only provide an interesting insight into his life, but also one of the most celebrated accounts of the war.
CONDITION: Overall very good condition. The two-volume set, published in 1888, is bound in green cloth and gilt embossed boards. Boards have some wear as expected with age. Internally, the pages have no notable damage. Both volumes are housed in a custom-built matching archival slipcase to protect the set.