There is an anecdote told concerning Sheridan during his campaign against the
Indians. Comanche Chief Tosawi, or Silver Knife, reputedly told Sheridan in 1869, "Me Tosawi. Me good Indian," to which Sheridan is said to have replied, "The only good Indians I ever saw were dead."
This was then misquoted as "The only good Indian is a dead Indian". Sheridan later denied he had made the statement to Tosawi. Earlier that year, on May 28, Rep. James M. Cavanaugh said in the House, "I have never seen in my life a good Indian ... except when I have seen a dead Indian." That remark may have been mistakenly attributed to Sheridan.
(March 6, 1831 – August 5, 1888)
Nickname: Little Phil
Place of birth: Albany, New York
Place of death: Nonquitt, Massachusetts
Place of burial:Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance: United States of AmericaUnion
Service/branch: United States ArmyUnion Army
Years of service: 1853–88
Rank: General of the Army of the United States
Commands held: Cavalry Corps (Army of the Potomac), Army of the Shenandoah, United States Army
Battles/wars: American Civil War, Battle of Perryville. Battle of Stones River, Battle of Chattanooga, Overland Campaign, Valley Campaigns of 1864, Appomattox Campaign, Indian Wars