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No war of modern times has produced so many able cavalry leaders as the so-called “War of Secession.” Sheridan, Stuart, Buford, Gregg, Wilson, Merritt, “FitzLee, Pleasonton, Hampton, Lomax, Butler, Wheeler, Custer, Forrest, Grierson, Morgan, Kilpatrick, and others, have written their names on the roll of fame in letters of fire alongside those of Seydlitz and Ziethen of the Old World. Of the group mentioned who have “crossed the river” a few pen portraits by friendly hands, and true to the life, are here presented.1


General Philip Sheridan2

The general is short in stature — below the medium — with nothing superfluous about him, square shouldered, muscular, wiry to the last degree, and as nearly insensible to hardship and fatigue as is consistent with humanity.

His face is very much tanned by exposure, but is lighted up by uncommonly keen eyes, which would stamp him anywhere as a man of quickness and force, while its whole character would betray him to be a soldier, with its firm chin, high cheek bones, and crisp mustache.

He is exacting on duty and hard on delinquents, and his ideas of duty are peculiar, as evinced by the fact that he has

1 More or less personal sketches of famous Cavalry leaders will be found in other chapters of this volume and in the volume to be devoted to biography.

2 with General Sheridan in Lee's last campaign. By a staff officer. (Philadelphia) J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1866.

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