Thomas Buchanan Read


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(1822–72), Pennsylvania poetaster and minor painter, wrote more than ten volumes of verse, but is best remembered for Sheridan's Ride, a short piece describing the breakneck journey of General Philip Sheridan 20 miles from Winchester to rally his retreating army, which was also the subject of his best-known painting. The poem was published in A Summer Story, Sheridan's Ride, and Other Poems (1865). The Wagoner of the Alleghanies (1862) is a poem of the Revolutionary War. His Poetical Works were collected in 3 volumes (1866).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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