Philip Henry Sheridan was a Union general in the American Civil War. His career was noted for his rapid rise to major general and his close association with Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. In 1864, he defeated Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley and his destruction of the economic infrastructure of the Valley, called "The Burning" by residents, was one of the first uses of scorched earth tactics in the war.
Philip Henry Sheridan (1831-1888) Union cavalry officer in the Civil War; commanded the Army of the Shenandoah, 1864-65. He ravaged and destroyed the Shenandoah Valley that served as a base of supplies and operations for the Confederacy. His units cut off Robert E. Lee's line of retreat at Appomattox Court House, April of 1865, forcing the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, and ending the Civil War.