George Henry Thomas
George Henry Thomas (31 July 1816 – 28 March 1870) was a United States Army officer and a Union general during the American Civil War, one of the principal commanders in the Western Theater. Although he was from Virginia, which had rebelled against the U.S. and joined the slave-holding Confederacy during the war, he remained loyal to the United States.
- [T]he greatest efforts made by the defeated insurgents since the close of the war have been to promulgate the idea that the cause of liberty, justice, humanity, equality, and all the calendar of the virtues of freedom, suffered violence and wrong when the effort for southern independence failed. This is, of course, intended as a species of political cant, whereby the crime of treason might be covered with a counterfeit varnish of patriotism, so that the precipitators of the rebellion might go down in history hand in hand with the defenders of the government, thus wiping out with their own hands their own stains; a species of self-forgiveness amazing in its effrontery, when it is considered that life and property—justly forfeited by the laws of the country, of war, and of nations, through the magnanimity of the government and people—was not exacted from them.
- Report to General Ulysses S. Grant (17 November 1868)
Quotes about Thomas
- [T]o Major-General George H. Thomas and the officers and soldiers under his command for their skill and dauntless courage, by which the rebel army under General Hood was signally defeated and driven from the state of Tennessee.
- Thanks of Congress
- During the whole war his services were transcendent, winning the first substantial victory at Mill Springs in Kentucky, January 20th, 1862, participating in all the campaigns of the West in 1862-3-4, and finally, December 16th, 1864 annihilating the army of Hood, which in mid winter had advanced to Nashville to besiege him.
- William Tecumseh Sherman, article (1877)
- Encyclopedic article on George Henry Thomas at Wikipedia