“LITTLE PHIL” MADE LIFE MISERABLE FOR CONQUERED TEXANS

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[The History Press will publish Bartee’s first book on Jan. 14, 2014. You may pre-order a signed copy of “Texas Depression-Era Desperadoes” at barteehaile.com or by mailing a check for $26.65 to “Bartee Haile,” P.O. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549.] The dictatorship of Gen. Philip Sheridan in occupied Texas officially ended on Nov. 29, 1867 four months after the president sent the pipsqueak packing. Celebrity status in the North, the product of a popular poem that exaggerated his exploits, and a cozy relationship with Gen. U.S. Grant gave “Little Phil,” who stopped growing at five feet five inches, free rein over the conquered Confederate states of Texas and Louisiana. Absolute authority allowed him to indulge his battle-hardened prejudices against secessionists
 
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