excel the charge by which he shook, shattered, and destroyed the enemies who had burnt Chambersburg
and menaced Washington
He reaps a rich reward.
America has only one Lieutenant-general
, and Philip Sheridan
is that one.
has seen hard service, in a region where the nicer feelings have no field; for he has spent six years among the Cheyennes and Sioux, learning their dialects and mixing in their feuds.
It is a saying in the camp that Little Phil is one-half Irish savage, the other half Indian savage.
If a merciless deed has to be done, everyone expects Sheridan
to do it. When a cruel need of war induced General Grant
to order the Shenandoah Valley to be burnt, the torch was placed in Sheridan
“The whole country, from the Blue Ridge
to the North Mountain
, has been made untenable!”
was his brief report; and never since the French
generals, under advice of Louvois
, ravaged the Palatinate, have eyes of man beheld a wreck so awful as that of the beautiful Virginian dale.
When the Government
wished to make example of an Indian tribe, Sheridan
was sent into the Plains
were selected for a sacrifice;