August 5, 1888
Philip Henry Sheridan, Irish American born to immigrants from Co. Cavan, died on August 5, 1888 in Nonquit, Massachusetts. A union general in the civil war and a close friend of Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, Sheridan defeated Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley by burning the city. He forced General Robert E. Lee to surrender at Appomattox. After the civil war, Sheridan achieved the highest rank of five star general. He was also criticized for his harsh response to the Indian wars.