General Philip Sheridan’s “Special Forces”: The Jessie Scouts

LTC Henry H. Young, Sheridan’s Scout Commander

I’ve been a student of the American Civil War since I read John Fox, Jr.’s excellent book, “Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come,” for the first time while in study hall in West Virginia’s Gauley Bridge High School around 1960. Not long afterwards, I learned that the other kids in the area who had cigar boxes filled with musket and minie balls collected them from locations in the small…