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    Philip Sheridan, Autograph Manuscript, Notes for General Sheridan's Autobiography. Thirteen pages, including an unsigned note to General Adam Badeau, 5" x 8", September 27, 1883, n.p.. This twelve-page manuscript is an early draft of Philip Sheridan's memoirs, written entirely in his hand. He starts, "I was born March 6, 1831 and lived with my mother in the village of Somerset, Perry County, Ohio...". Sheridan writes of his early life as a store clerk and bookkeeper and of his education, how "Military matters filled my mind & I wanted to go to West Point." He also recounts how Congressman Thomas Ritchey secured an appointment to West Point for the young clerk and how difficult the class work was in that first year. Sheridan credits his West Point roommate, Henry W. Slocum, to whom, "I shall always feel indebted" with help in his studies and instilling good work habits. Sheridan wrote how, "After taps, when the lights has all to be blown out, and everybody was expected to go to bed Slocum and myself hung a blanket from our bed over our window, lighted our lamp & pursued our studies. Slocum was studying for high standing in the class and I was studying to graduate. At the January examination Slocum went a way up towards the head of the class & I also went up a little doing better than I thought I would." Sheridan also writes of his suspension from West Point after altercation with another cadet, "I was suspended until the following year when I joined the Class of 53. I graduated with it."

    It is interesting to note, that Sheridan's handwriting, already difficult to read, deteriorates page by page until it is almost indecipherable. One wonders if the general grew tired as he wrote or if he used drink as his muse. Sheridan's autobiography, The Personal Memoirs of P. H. Sheridan. General United States Army, was published in 1888. Sheridan suffered a series of massive heart attacks two months after sending his memoirs to the publisher. Although only 57, hard living and hard campaigning and a lifelong love of good food and drink took their toll.

    Condition: Lightly soiled, filing hole in upper right corner, last page smudged, else very interesting and fine.


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