Statistics for occurrence #1 of “U. S.” in chapter 9 of Philip Henry Sheridan, Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan, General, United States Army .:

...r purchase. It took but a little time to discover this roguery, and when I became satisfied of their knavery I brought it to a sudden close by seizing the horses as captured property, branding them U. S. , and refusing to pay for them. General Curtis, misled by the misrepresentations that had been made, and without fully knowing the circumstances, or realizing to what a base and demoralizing state o...

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