Today In Civil War History- Sheridan Appointed Commander

August 1st, 1864
Sheridan Appointed Commander of Army of Shenandoah 

General Philip Sheridan

General Philip Sheridan


Union General Ulysses S. Grant appointed General Philip Sheridan commander of the Army of the Shenandoah. This happened after General Jubal Early’s raid on Washington, and now Pennsylvania and Maryland, was undertaken to force a withdrawal of Union Troops from the siege of Petersburg.

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