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    Philip H. Sheridan: Five-Page Manuscript Account of "Sheridan's Ride". Phil Sheridan (1831-1888), one of the most celebrated and prominent Union commanders, gained immortality through his famous ride from Winchester, glorified in a famous painting and a poem by Thomas Buchanan Read. In September 1864, Sheridan defeated Jubal Early at Third Winchester and Fisher's Hill. Early received reinforcements and launched a surprise attack at Cedar Creek while Sheridan was ten miles away. Hearing artillery in the distance, Sheridan rode aggressively and arrived at 10:30 AM to assume command. The resulting victory effectively canceled the future effectiveness of Early's army, prompting a letter of thanks and a promotion from President Lincoln. Grant ordered a 100-gun salute in celebration and wrote a glowing letter of commendation to the Secretary of War. This lot contains five Western Union telegraph forms, each 5 1/4" x 8" and displayed within windows on album pages. Undated, they were written sometime in the 1880's from Chicago and directed towards Colonel Herbert E. Hill of Boston. They are entirely in Sheridan's handwriting (save for some telegraph company employee annotations and the recapitulation of battle statistics on the last page) and signed by him on the 4th and 5th pages. Sheridan gives his personal, first-hand account of the events leading up to the desperate ride that catapulted him to everlasting glory. In part: "... While in bed at the house of Colonel Edwards... the sound of scattered artillery shots. These I supposed to be made by Grover's division of the 19th Corps which was to have made a reconnaissance that morning - my black horse was saddled... and we started about eight o'clock.... on reaching the southern suburbs of the town the sound of artillery made a battle for me unmistakable. We walked leisurely until we reached Mill Creek... saw the heads of the retreating troops & coming rapidly to the rear I at once ordered a halt. Directed that the trains be stopped and parked at Mill Creek... then taking twenty men from the escort I rode rapidly on or parallel to the valley pike as the crowd of stragglers would permit until I struck Gettys Division of the sixth corps... I rode my black horse until just before the final attack at four o'clock in the afternoon when I changed to my gray horse which I rode until the battle was over." Housed in a custom clam shell cloth & leather case with gold-stamped spine and cover.

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