Philip Sheridan

1831 - 1888

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General of the Army 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 under General Jubal Early 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Philip Sheridan has received more than 1,334,462 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Philip Sheridan is the 794th most popular military personnel (up from 798th in 2019), the 2,542nd most popular biography from United States (up from 2,631st in 2019) and the 39th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Philip Sheridan ranks 794 out of 1,466Before him are Max Simon, Meliton Kantaria, Henry H. Arnold, Chabrias, Jack Churchill, and Khalil al-Wazir. After him are Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel, Takeo Takagi, Reinhard Hardegen, Marie-Pierre Kœnig, Gunichi Mikawa, and Radko Dimitriev.

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Among people born in 1831, Philip Sheridan ranks 40Before him are Othniel Charles Marsh, Wilhelm Raabe, Siegfried Marcus, Princess Helena of Nassau, Ankō Itosu, and George Victor, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont. After him are Princess Charlotte of Prussia, Frederick I, Duke of Anhalt, Prince August, Duke of Dalarna, Daniele Comboni, Heinrich Anton de Bary, and George Pullman. Among people deceased in 1888, Philip Sheridan ranks 34Before him are Dora d'Istria, Charles Cros, Jean-Marie Guyau, Princess Helena of Nassau, Gustave Boulanger, and Matthew Arnold. After him are Vsevolod Garshin, Auguste Maquet, Princess Marie Amelie of Baden, Josif Pančić, Eugène Marin Labiche, and Heinrich Anton de Bary.

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Among people born in United States, Philip Sheridan ranks 2,542 out of 15,968Before him are James M. Cain (1892), William Labov (1927), Paul Robeson (1898), David Strathairn (1949), Neil Postman (1931), and Henry Silva (1928). After him are Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Margaret Fuller (1810), Jo Van Fleet (1915), Billy Preston (1946), John L. Sullivan (1858), and Kate Millett (1934).


Among military personnels born in United States, Philip Sheridan ranks 39Before him are Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (1886), P. G. T. Beauregard (1818), Matthew Ridgway (1895), William Halsey Jr. (1882), Joseph Stilwell (1883), and Henry H. Arnold (1886). After him are Alexander Haig (1924), Walton Walker (1889), Joseph E. Johnston (1807), George B. McClellan (1826), John Basilone (1916), and Ernest King (1878).