I had five relatives serving in the 12th Iowa at Shiloh. During the course of study I have determined that the actions of Sherman and Grant at Pittsburg Landing were at best, incompetent; and at worst, criminal. I also had a relative, Caleb Lane, in the 44th Wisconsin at Nashville. George H. Thomas actions in defeating Hood were exemplary. The more I study Thomas, the more I like him.
Thanks for swimming against the tide and advocating for General George H. Thomas.
I have been told George is my uncle ?
My people go way back in Windber Pa.
Anyone have any idea which is my grandfather Ben or John?
Craig H Thomas
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Dave - Great to hear from you - I actually have a copy of the Smithsonian magazine and was absolutely thrilled to see the painting in the article - (I actually found the magazine at a nursing home where my great-aunt resided shortly after it was published!!) Rudy would have loved it - and knowing him he probably would have liked to have had a picture of his statue of Thomas included in the article - he was justifiably proud of it and the man it represented.
To Dave M and or staff of General Thomas website:
I want to express my great appreciation to you for your magnificent work on this website and its honoring of General Thomas - his life and his devotion to our country deserve the upmost praise. I have no doubt my good friend Rudy Ayoroa (Rest in Peace) - who sculpted the statue of Thomas that is in Lebanon, KY and painted the "Thomas at Chickamauga" that is on your website, would be equally as praiseworthy of what this website offers to future generations and the debt this nations owes to General Thomas (and those who served with him).
By the way - Rudy's painting (which I still own) is on display at Perryville Battlefield State Park in Perryville, KY for those who may be going there for a visit. Maybe someday we can arrange for it to be on display at Chickamauga - I think it would be a perfect place to reside and I have no doubt Rudy would agree. David Perry
Unfortunately, I had never heard of Gen. Thomas. It is so sad that such a great and honorable patriot was a victim of "cancel" culture by just about everybody in his days. Southerners hated that the best general of the Civil War was a Virginian fighting for the Union, so they invented Lee. Northerners did not like the same thing, so they had Grant and Sherman. There needs to be a visit to the fountain of patriotism that was this gentleman. We would learn a lot about what patriotism really is.
General Thomas deserves a movie made about him, his life, and service to this country. I will make a movie one day about the greatest general of the Civil War, George H. Thomas. People need to know about this man and how his contribution saved our country.
The most sublime form of poetic justice would be to change the name of Fort Bragg to Fort Thomas. Bragg may have won the battle at Chickamauga, but Thomas won the glory!
I have read just about everything available on George Thomas and many, many books on other Civil War leaders. After much thought, I conclude there was no other general officer on EITHER side who could match, let alone exceed, his record of service. In order to truly understand George Thomas, one must first understand he was a career military man and also truly HUMBLE and shy. He was an anachronism for most military men. Probably George Washington would be the only accurate comparison. George Thomas is currently only known to a few Americans. Perhaps someday, his magnificent sacrifice for the life of our nation may become more widely known. One of the most visible and touching tributes to General Thomas, are the thousands of African Americans, many of whom descendants of slaves, whose ancestors took his surname after the civil war. George would be proud of that, mighty proud.
Your website now looks more professionally done than the previous version, and much more modern than my website.. I'll have to wait until my "retro" look becomes fashionable again.
Saturday March 14, 1998 14:02:12 GMT
Very nice site on Gen Thomas. Looks like you're done a little research. Hope you continue to expland your information and your page. I appreciate your stopping by my site. Much luck to you and be sure to write if I can be of any assistance.
Sunday March 15, 1998 05:22:12 GMT
Excellent site with really good info. Cavalry Generals never die, they just go to Fiddlers Green! I invite you to hook up with the Military around the World web-ring. Your site would be a nice addition.
Keep up the great work. Regards, SFC B. (Dark Patriot)
Wednesday March 25, 1998 07:28:13 GMT
Just saw your page on Maj. General Thomas and like it well, your bibliography is well-done, the annotations very helpful. One comment on your chronology page, Gen. Thomas was actually age 36 at the time of his marriage to Frances Lucretia Kellogg on 17 Nov 1852, his date of birth being 31 July 1816. Nice page!
Sunday March 29, 1998 13:37:51 GMT
"Later when Robert E. Lee became Commandant,"(Superintendent) Good historic website, very nicely presented and well researched. Scott A. Tackett Sr. (US MILITARY ACADEMY, West Point, NY)
Thursday April 09, 1998 22:08:22 GMT
Pretty nice site. Thomas looks like he could have been an engineer at Boeing had he not been a Civil War General. Looks like a Systems Engineer to me. Dan
Thursday April 30, 1998 00:29:37 GMT
This is a surprise. I have been a fan of George H. Thomas after buying an autograph letter written by him (before the Civil War days).
Friday May 01, 1998 21:04:03 GMT
You did this? This is great. I'm impressed.
Saturday May 02, 1998 01:08:02 GMT
Hi, visited your page from the Top Ten List. Hey, we're on there too. Nice page.
Saturday May 02, 1998 21:30:41 GMT
Phenomenal web site! Glad I stopped by!
Sunday May 03, 1998 08:47:29 GMT
Gee, whiz this is a great website!!! I'm a history buff & could spend all day here! Very impressive. Do you ever stop by a newbie's site & give helpful hints or critiques? My URL is http://home.att.net/~keith.martin I started a homepage a week ago & am looking around at other people's sites. You have truly inspired me! Thanks for such a great contribution & I'll come back just to listen to the music! KM