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Personal Memoirs. - SHERIDAN, Philip Henry - 1888. 
New York: Charles L. Webster & Company,, 1888. 2 volumes, octavo. Publisher's deluxe maroon half morocco, raised bands to spines, titles and decoration to compartments gilt, maroon cloth sides ruled in gilt, gilt block of Sheridan on horse to front covers, marbled edges and endpapers. Engraved portrait frontispiece with facsimile signature and tissue guard to each volume, 13 engravings to the text, mostly from portraits, 2 facsimile letters, 27 maps of which 11 folding. Near-contemporary ticket of Publishers' and Booksellers' Protective Association (dated 1898) to rear free endpaper vol. 1, contemporary ownership inscription of W. P. Mandell to initial blank of each volume. Joints and extremities lightly rubbed, small mark to half title of vol. 1, light toning. An excellent copy. First edition, deluxe issue. "Little Phil" Sheridan (1831-1888) was described by Grant as having "no superior as a general, either living or dead, and perhaps not an equal". He is perhaps best remembered for his ruthless campaign in the Shenandoah Valley in 1865 and the brief Appomattox Campaign that forced the surrender of General Lee. "In 1884 he succeeded General Sherman as commander-in-chief of the army. On June 1, 1888, Congress bestowed upon him the highest military rank, that of general. The last months of his life were occupied by the writing of his Personal Memoirs, the preface being signed only three days before his death at Nonquitt, Mass., where he had gone with his family in the hope of restoring his failing health" (DAB). This was published by Mark Twain's publishing company and issued in a very similar binding to that of the Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (1885-86).
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