A General in the Union Army during the the Civil War, Sheridan claimed he was born in Albany New York, the third child of six by John and Mary Meenagh Sheridan, immigrants from the parish of Killinkere, County Cavan Irland. Sheridan, who grew up in Ohio, was only 5 feet 5 inches. A hard drinking, hard living Irishman, he died of heart attack at age 57. He is buried in Arlington. Sheridan Circle in DC is named for him.