"Sheridan's Ride" Print, by Thulstrup de Thures, published by Louis Prang, 1887.
A striking print of an artists depiction of General Sheridan running the lines of Union troops in 1864.
This print is labelled as Sheridan's Ride from Winchester to Cedar Creek. It is not. Rather it portrays Sheridan three hours after he had returned and rode along his battle line to rally the troops. When Sheridan saw it, he thought that he looked like "a damned fool" in the portrayal because it was so far from reality. Sheridan said there was no flag, just him and a single staff officer riding along the lines.

A Loius Prang print of Thulstrup de Thures painting, this was published towards the end of the 19th Century as Prang & Co. responded to a nostalgic revival of interest in the Civil War by printing depictions famous battles and events, often favouring images of those historical figures who were still alive at the time.


University of California - Santa Cruz
Board of Councilors Meeting, Rare Flags Exhibit
Santa Cruz, CA
7 June 2012

Publication History:
Portion of print shown on page 78 of The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord and Conflict.
Framed 22.25" x 27.75"

ZFC Significant Flag
Item is Framed


Madaus, Howard M.- Whitney Smith, The American Flag: Two Centuries of Concord and Conflict, VZ Publications, Santa Cruz, 2006.

Louis Prang, Wikipedia, 20 November 2011, from:

Holzer, Harold, editor, Prang's Civil War pictures: the complete battle chromos of Louis Prang, New York, Fordham University Press, 2001

Image Credits:
Zaricor Flag Collection