“Little Phil” Made Life Miserable for Conquered Texans

The dictatorship of Gen. Philip Sheridan in ocupied Texas officially ended on November 26, 1867 four months after President Andrew Johnson reassigned him

His absolute authority over the conquered Confederate states of Texas and Louisiana allowed “Little Phil,” who stopped growing at five feet five inches, to indulge his battle-hardened prejudices against secessionists.  Sheridan even went so far as to ignore the pleas of frontier settlers for protection against the Comanches.

The story of Gen. Sheridan and how he ran roughshod over the former Confederates is the subject of “This Week in Texas History” for the week of Wednesday, November 20 through Tuesday, November 26.

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