Wednesday, January 14, 2015

"A Splendid Victory Was Won by Gen. Sheridan"

From the Dec. 14, 2014, Chicago Tribune, "Why it's called Sheridan Road" by Ron Grossman.

Followers of my RoadDog's Roadlog Blog have been reading about General Philip H. Sheridan's role in Chicago history which led to a major north-south road and a fort being named for him in the area.

This was from an article in the 1864 Tribune announcing the general's huge victory at the Battle of Cedar Creek in Virginia.  It is the text of a military telegraph message from Secretary of War E.M. Stanton to Major General Dix on October 20, 1864.

"A great battle was fought and a splendid victory was won by Gen. Sheridan over Longstreet yesterday at Cedar Creek.  Forty-three pieces of artillery were captured and many prisoners, among whom were rebel Gen. Ramseur..  On our side Gens. Wright and Ricketts were wounded, and Gen. Bidwell killed.

"Particulars so far as received will be furnished as fast as the operator can transmit them."

E.M. Stanton
Secretary of War

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