Sheridan's Ride: The Cavalry Triumph That Turned the Tide for the Union
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
John F. Marszalek, Craig L. Symonds, Harold Holzer (moderator)
Thu, October 5th, 2017 | 6:30 pm
(Members $32)


Can unexpected acts of extraordinary, personal heroism change history? Acclaimed Civil War scholars return to explore charismatic Union General Philip H. Sheridan’s famous October 19, 1864 ride on his magnificent horse, “Rienzi”—a dramatic act of heroism that rallied demoralized federal troops, turned the tide of the Battle of Cedar Creek, Virginia, and inspired poets and artists alike to immortalize “Little Phil” in words and images.

John F. Marszalek is William L. Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University. Craig L. Symonds is Ernest J. King Chair of Maritime History at the U.S. Naval War College and the award-winning author of Lincoln and His Admirals. Harold Holzer (moderator), the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, is Jonathan F. Fanton Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.


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