Sheridan was known for his rapid rise in rank to major general . He had a close association with Grant , who transferred Sheridan from an infantry division in the west to a cavalry unit in the east . Sheridan and George Armstrong Custer fought Gen. Early Jubal in the Shenandoah Valley . That’s Sheridan standing second from the left . Custer is sitting on the right .
Sheridan later fought Indians in Texas and on the plains when Grant was President . (Custer fought Indians too, up to a point .)
During Reconstruction , Sheridan was appointed Military Governor of the Fifth Military District ( Texas and Louisiana ) . He didn’t like Texas much . He said , ” If I owned Texas and Hell , I would rent Texas and live in Hell “.
He was , by the way , the ninth president of the National Rifle Association . He died in 1888 .