Academic journal article Military Review

WITH SHERIDAN IN THE FINAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST LEE, by Lt. Col. Frederick C. Newhall, Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry

Academic journal article Military Review

WITH SHERIDAN IN THE FINAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST LEE, by Lt. Col. Frederick C. Newhall, Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry

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WITH SHERIDAN IN THE FINAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST LEE, by Lt Col. Frederick C. Newhall, Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry, Eric J. Wittenberg, ed., Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, 2002, 212 pages, $39.95.

For much of the Civil War, Lieutenant Colonel Frederick C. Newhall served as provost marshal and staff officer for Union cavalry commander Lieutenant General Philip Sheridan. Written in 1866, Newhall's memoir records events fresh in his mind. As erudite as he is at times, Newhall's enthusiam for Sheridan-complete with quaint limericks-borders on fawning. However, his doting does not blur the book's primary value-demonstrating Sheridan's excellence at the operational level of warfare as he directs the maneuver of divisions and corps to interdict Confederate troop movements and deny them the use of march routes and approaches.

Throughout the narrative, Newhall conscientiously records Sheridan's part in key battles, including Saylor's Creek, Dinwiddie Court House, Five Forks, and Appomattox. His inclusion of Sheridan's troop dispatches is a valuable part of this historical record. He details Sheridan's pursuit of retreating Confederate forces, but also sorts out divergent accounts of the same battle, where various Union generals take credit for victory.

Editor Eric J. Wittenberg, a historian and lawyer, is an expert on Sheridan and the author of Glory Enough for All: Sheridan's Second Raid and the Battle for Trevilian Station (Brassey's, Inc. …

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