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Rare Civil War Phil Sheridan War Dated Letter For Field Promotion of General George Day Wagner
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Stellar, top shelf, War dated letter, hand written by Phil Sheridan.
 
                                     
                                    Headquarters 2nd Division 4th Army Corps.
                                    Chattanooga Tennessee October 10th, 1863.
 
General Order
No.1
In accordance with paragraph X. Of Special Order 269. Of the Headquarters Department of the Army of the Cumberland dated October 9th 1863. The undersigned mentioned assumes command of the 2nd Division 4th Army Corps.
 
                                                                  P.H. Sheridan
                                                                  Major General
 
To Brig Genl. G.D. Wagner
Comd. 2nd Brig 2nd Div. 4th A.C.
                                                                Official                                                     
 
 
                                                                  Henry C. Tinney
                                                      Capt. & Asst Adjutant General
 

Philip Henry Sheridan (March 6, 1831 – August 5, 1888) was a career United States Army officer and a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with General-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant, who transferred Sheridan from command of an infantry division in the Western Theater to lead the Cavalry Corps of the Army of the Potomac in the East. In 1864, he defeated Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley and his destruction of the economic infrastructure of the Valley, called "The Burning" by residents, was one of the first uses of scorched earth tactics in the war. In 1865, his cavalry pursued Gen. Robert E. Lee and was instrumental in forcing his surrender at Appomattox.

Sheridan fought in later years in the Indian Wars of the Great Plains. Both as a soldier and private citizen, he was instrumental in the development and protection of Yellowstone National Park. In 1883, Sheridan was appointed general-in-chief of the U.S. Army, and in 1888 he was promoted to the rank of General of the Army during the term of President Grover Cleveland.

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