“Hurrah, hurrah for Sheridan!” - General Sheridan's Ride

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Date: October 6, 2014
Contact: Kim Coons, 423-752-5213 x139

Fort Oglethorpe, GA: Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park invites the public to attend a 1-hour, ranger-led program at 11 am on Saturday, October 18, 2014.This program will discuss General Philip Sheridan's ride from Winchester to Cedar Creek, Virginia.Please meet at Bragg Reservation, located on historic Missionary Ridge.

On October 19, 1864, General Sheridan was heading back to his army from a conference in Washington when he began receiving reports that Union forces were withdrawing from the battlefield near Cedar Creek. Although he was still twenty miles away, Sheridan mounted his horse and galloped to the front with hopes of rallying his fleeing and demoralized troops. A year before his ride, Sheridan was caught up in the disastrous route that befell the Union army at Chickamauga. During the Battle of Missionary Ridge, he then led his troops over the Confederate positions, helping secure a major Union victory in Chattanooga. Could these occurrences during the Campaign for Chattanooga have helped the general rise to become the hero of Cedar Creek and the destroyer of the Shenandoah Valley?

Comfortable footwear, portable chairs, and water are recommended for this program.

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