General Philip Sheridan is best known as the third member of the triumvirate of Union generals (the others being Grant and Sherman) that led the Union Army to victory over the Confederate Army.  Joseph Wheelan brings Sheridan back-to-life in his book entitled Terrible Swift Sword: The Life of General Philip H. Sheridan.

Sheridan started the war in obscurity as a lieutenant, but quickly rose in the ranks partly through his own actions and partly because of good fortune.  Wheelan adroitly chronicles Sheridan’s rise in the western armies and then his success in the eastern armies – primarily as part of the Army of the Potomac and an independent command of the Union cavalry.  The book is particularly strong regarding Sheridan’s actions during the Battle of Cedar Creek, where he turned a Union loss into a spectacular victory over Jubal Early’s Confederate forces.