General Pap Thomas Guestbook

Name Comments  
38) Jim Storer
e-mail jstorer07(at)comcast(dot)net
Location: USA
Sun, March 25, 2012 16:01  

General Thomas was a great American & should be remembered for bravery.

Sun, March 25, 2012 20:06  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for leaving a note.


37) Eric Rachut
e-mail Eric.Rachut(at)va(dot)gov
Location: Virginia, USA
Mon, February 27, 2012 6:30  

I admire him, too. 

Like Patrick Henry, and unlike most of his colleagues, he had no use for personal aggrandizement. Both deserved more.

Mon, February 27, 2012 11:25  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for leaving a note. I agree with your statement. One day in the future, when all wounds are healed, all Virginians may come to claim General Thomas as one of the really great generals of the Civil War from their State along with General Lee and General Jackson.


36) Francine Schwieder
e-mail francine(at)pinkmutant(dot)com

Location: USA
Wed, January 11, 2012 10:40  

I ran across the photo that purported to be of Thomas and his staff, and couldn't see anyone in the photo who could be Thomas. In trying to solve the mystery I discovered your site. It is good to see someone who remembers who Thomas was, is trying to make his story more widely known, and doesn't just "cut and paste" whatever comes to hand on the Internet, but bothers to try to get the truth on their site. Congratulations!

wed, January 11, 2012 12:39  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for leaving a note. It is a wonderful photo, but the General was R.W. Johnson. Here is the link to the photo in question:


35) James Fish
e-mail James.Fish(at)gvltec(dot)edu



Location: USA
Mon, January 2, 2012 14:23  

James Fish  descendant of one of his body guard in American Civil War , Company L 1st Ohio CAV

Mon, January 2, 2012 20:09  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for leaving a note. Are you familiar with Capt. John D. Barker, commander of General Thomas' cavalry escort? Thomas mentioned him in dispatches several times for gallant duty.


34) Greg Alexander
e-mail gsalex(at)spiritone(dot)com


Location: USA
Sun, January 1, 2012 21:00  

Hi - If you weren't already aware, I thought you might be interested to know that Gen. Thomas appears U.S. paper money -- the 1890 and 1891 issues of $5 Treasury Notes. I'll attach a scan of the note. These are both quite rare. 

His portrait also appears on federal taxpaid revenue stamps for brandy in 1871, beer tax stamps for 1/3 barrel in 1878 and 1898, and a $10,000 Treasury bond from the 1870s. 

Unfortunately I don't have photos of these, but I've been able to collect information from various catalogs and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. 

Happy New Year!


Sun, January 1, 2012 22:18  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for the information. I do have one of the $5 notes. According to Jonathon Small in the guestbook entry of Oct 3, 2011, the image of Thomas on the revenue stamps and Treasury Bond is the same the engraving on the Thomas Statue Invitation as shown at


33) Jason Fish
e-mail jasonfishmd(at)gamil(dot)com


Location: USA
Sat, October 29, 2011 19:30  


Well done-

Honor is timeless,

And it's never too late to tell the truth. 

Thank you for the effort and time spent in reminding the public of both.

Sun, October 30, 2011 10:00  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for leaving a note.
32) James Jones
e-mail jayjones911(at)sbcglobal(dot)net


Location: Thomas County, Nebraska
Thurs, October 17, 2011 11:22  


Nice tribute to General Thomas.  I am doing some research for my county's Quasquicentennial (125 years in 2012) and the county is named for General Thomas. (Thomas County, Nebraska)  I have located 5 veterans in our local cemetery and am currently researching their rolls to see if they fought under Thomas and if they were influential in getting the county named for him.  The county was established by the Nebraska Legislature on March 31, 1887.

Thurs, October 19, 2011 12:00  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for the note.
I did not know about a county in Nebraska being named after General Thomas. Please let me know what you find out.
31) teschuetz
e-mail teschuetz(at)comcast(dot)net


Thurs, October 13, 2011 20:13  

Just wanted to say "great job" on your Thomas site! 

I had ancestors who fought under him (well, until Sherman stole their regiments for his Atlanta and "Sea March" campaigns...) 

Not to whine, but Lincoln's quote kills me... since he initially played a rather large role in keeping Thomas down! 

But that's how it always goes in history.... the best guys occasionally getting F'd! 


Thurs, October 13, 2011 23:00  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for the note. It took Lincoln way too long to realize Thomas was one of his best generals. Halleck and Grant were expert at army politics.
30) Jonathon Small
e-mail jonsmall(at)cox(dot)net

Location: Middletown, RI USA
Mon, October 3, 2011 13:12  
I came across your web site dedicated to General Thomas while researching engravings done by my great great grandfather Stephen A. Schoff. You might like to know that the portrait on the 1879 invitation to the unveiling of the equestrian state was engraved by him. The invitation was printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The same engraved portrait was also issued on a 10 Gallon Tax Paid Stamp of 1871 and a $10,000 4 1/2% Regular Bond, date unknown to me.

Mon, October 3, 2011 15:19  
from Dave:
Thanks so much for this new information.
29) Dorothy Woosley
Location: Albany, NY
Mon, September 5, 2011 16:12 Host:
Has anyone ever seen a picture of General Thomas' wife? We've seen lots of pictures of him and I would like to see what she looked like.

Mon, September 5, 2011 18:41 Host: 
No, I have never found a photo or painting of Mrs. Thomas.


28) David Witham
Location: New Hampshire
Mon, August 1, 2011 14:50 Host:
Enjoyed reading about Thomas, only recently pointed out to me his story. :-)

Mon, August 1, 2011 16:23 Host: 
Thanks for leaving a note.
27) Richard William Thomas
Location: United States
Tue, July 19, 2011 23:41 IP:
Were his ancesters from Wales?

Wed, July 20, 2011 00:36 Host: 
George Thomas' paternal forbears were Welsh and English, and his maternal ancestors were French Huguenot. His father's family, if originally Welsh, had lived in England for several generations before coming to America. Many members of the family died intestate, providing no clues in tracing their ancestral lineage.
26) Richard Guida
Location: Camden, NJ
Thu, July 7, 2011 23:13 Host:
There is a Civil War tour at Oakwood Cemetery, Troy, NY. Saturday morning, July 16th. Surely the Thomas grave should head the list of sites. Anyone EVER going that way should consider a stop at Grant's Tomb on Riverside Drive, Upper Manhatten where a bust of Thomas (and four other Major Generals) surround the sarcophagi (ala Napoleon's tomb) along with a mural of he and Grant, Missionary Ridge representing one of four iconic moments. While east, the Thomas statue in D.C.(cast from 88 condemned CSA cannons) centers Thomas Circle, and northeast, the cottage where Grant died (with even the funereal flowers still in place! )is less than an hour from Oakwood.

Thu, July 7, 2011 23:56 Host: 
Thank you for posting your interesting comments.
25) Bernard Price
Location: Gosport Hampshire, UK
Sun, July 3, 2011 08:44 Host:
I have been visiting this site on and off for the past eleven years. Has anyone ever compared the casualty lists for Missionary Ridge and Cold Harbour to see who was the more careful with the lives of the soldiers under their respective commands.
I would sooner have as a commander someone not given to making rash decisions and took the calculated risk rather than the commander who 'shoots from the hip' regardless of the cost in the hope of achieveing glory.

Sun, July 3, 2011 09:48 Host: 
Your points are well made. Thank you for your insightful comments.
24) Michael K. Smith
Location: North Mankato, MN
Sun, June 19, 2011 06:37 IP:
Thanks for this website. I am a descendant of General Thomas on my mother's side and am just recently learning more about this amazing leader. Keep up the good work.

Sun, June 19, 2011 12:03 Host: 
Thanks you for your message.
23) Imoukhuede Oise
Location: Nigeria
Mon, June 6, 2011 08:54 IP:
Its a real pleasure to sign your guest book. i live in Lagos, and have always been interested in the american civil war because it so closely parallels our own civil war, most of players in your civil war were brothers in arms in Mexico, and most of the men who served in ours on both sides, were comrades in the Congo war.

That said, I regard Thomas as the outstanding general of the war, CSA or Union. He deserves better treatment from historians :-)

Mon, June 6, 2011 10:17 Host: 
Thank you for your message.
22) Colleen Campanelli
Location: Rochester, NY
Tue, May 31, 2011 19:41 Host:
Collection Rochester Public Library Local History Division picture file
Summary A view of George H. Thomas School No. 49, built in 1913. It was originally part of the Brighton school district, but was annexed by the city January, 1923. In 1926 it was renamed in honor of the Civil War general. In 1937 a new building was built.
Notes Picture caption: George H. Thomas School No. 49. Source: A history of the public schools of Rochester, New York, 1813-1935. Rochester (N.Y.) Board of Education, 1935. Click for image

Wed, June 1, 2011 09:56 Host: 
Thank you so much for this photo.
21) Mike
Location: NJ
Sat, May 28, 2011 14:31 Host:
Thanks for the website. I hope to make it to his grave someday.

Sat, May 28, 2011 16:41 Host: 
Thanks for the note. I hope to make it to the Oakwood Cemetery one day also. I know a lady who visits the place when she can, and reminds the staff if anything is amiss.
20) James LaLone
Location: Lincoln Park Mi
Fri, April 29, 2011 23:57 Host:
General George Henry Thomas is my great great cousin on my moms side of the family I cant learn enough about him thanks for the website.

Sat, April 30, 2011 11:54 Host: 
Thanks for visiting the site.
19) Barb Luker
Location: Maineville, OH
Tue, April 5, 2011 22:17 Host:
I grew up in a small town in Northern KY named for General Thomas: Fort Thomas. The fort was built (and not named) to protect the city of Cincinnati, OH (just to the north across the Ohio River) from possible attack by the CSA. Unfortunately, the fort was not as successful as General Thomas: Cincinnati was raided by Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his cavalry during the war. Morgan frightened everyone in the area, but did not do much dammage and retreated back to KY. The fort and the town that grew up around it was named for Thomas after the war. There are two other forts (& towns) in No. Ky buit for the same reason and also named for Union Generals: Ft. Mitchell and Ft. Wright.

Tue, April 5, 2011 22:52 Host:
Thanks for the information on Fort Thomas.
18) Mary Thomas Alltop
Location: Chicago, IL
Tue, April 5, 2011 01:09 IP:
Thanks for this great site dedicated to my relative, Gen. Thomas. My interest in him, and in the Civil War, was renewed with the rebroadcast of Ken Burn's "Civil War" on public television this week.

Tue, April 5, 2011 22:51 Host: 
Thanks for your message.
17) John D. Bunn
Location: Newsoms Va.
Sat, March 19, 2011 11:51 Host:
I live a mile from his homeplace.
16) Bill Snyder
URL: (coins)
Location: Cookeville, TN
Mon, March 14, 2011 09:07 IP:
Truly a great man!
15) Bill Thomas
Location: Maine
Fri, March 11, 2011 16:32 Host:
So what are people's thoughts on why Thomas stayed loyal to the Union instead of Virginia?

Fri, March 18, 2011 11:25 Host: 
here is a link to my thoughts on the subject:
14) Ted R Thomas Jr
Location: United States
Tue, February 22, 2011 20:47 IP:
I don't claim any relation to Gen. Thomas but proud to have the same last name as a man that stood up for what he believed in and did not succumb to many of the pitfalls other great men did.

Tue, February 22, 2011 21:57 Host: 
Thomas strongly believed in the concept of a great United States and while he knew in battle, a general must put his men in harm's way, he never threw their lives away as other generals did.
13) Larry Kuntzman
Location: Lake worth, Florida
Sat, February 12, 2011 03:49 Host:
General George H Thomas was my grandmother Kuntzman's Grandfather. Her father was George H Thomas's son.
12) Richard Guida
Location: Camden, NJ
Wed, January 12, 2011 20:09 Host:
Now that we've established that there aren't many Thomas' around, what if anything remains in Troy, NY besides his grave/monument?

I am a great admirer of Gen. Thomas, as I am of General Grant and have collected some related items of the two. Despite biographers' predilection to imply animosity (between the two)I strongly doubt there being much. They were great men as well as generals.

Fri, January 14, 2011 12:01 Host: 
Richard, Troy was the home of the Kellogg family, including the wife of Gen. Thomas. I don't know what Kellogg's are there now.

While Gen. Thomas did not think much of Gen. Grant's war of attrition methodology, he always treated Grant with respect due the General in Chief. I agree they were both great men.
11) Gordon M. Thomas
Location: Ruston, LA
Mon, December 27, 2010 10:36 IP:
I would like to thank you for this site. I am a descendant of the John Thomas family he was Gen. George H. Thomas's father.
George had a brother Benjamin R. Thomas that lived in Vicksburg MS. That is my
linage to Gen. Thomas. Please if you know of any remaining Thomas’s your help would be appreciated.
Thank you Gordon Thomas

Fri, December 31, 2010 14:51 Host: 
The Benjamin Thomas family of MS and LA may be the closest link to Gen. Thomas left. Please email what information you have. Is there an Annie Thomas Fitzhugh, Nathaniel Thomas, Rosa Thomas, or a Lillie Thomas in your family history?
10) George Cassidy
Location: New Canaan,CT
Sun, November 21, 2010 17:04 Host:
I will take exception to the comment that he was the "greatest general Virginia ever produced," in view of R. E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, but he did everytghing he ever set out to do, including destroying Hood's Army of the Tennesee in detail. His family cut him off for serving the Union.

Sun, November 21, 2010 17:30 Host: 
Lighten up George. You are talking about a comment someone posted on 6/3/2010. I myself have never made that statement on this web site. Of course I may personally agree with him.
9) Patricia Thomas Kretzmer
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Thu, November 18, 2010 07:29 Host:
We cherish the memory of another member of the Thomas clan who faithfully served our country.
8) scott freeman
Sat, November 13, 2010 12:45 IP:
Terrific site that has helped me with my Thomas literature search. My fellow Idhao Civil War Volunteers will enjoy the video when I share this in our newsletter.

Sat, November 13, 2010 17:09 Host: 
Thanks so much for your comments.
7) h percy
Location: north carolina
Sat, November 6, 2010 15:19 Host:
I read the biography and loved it. I wish credit was given where it was due. I don't look at Grant the same and already viewed Sherman as lacking in goodness and sanity.
6) Soljerblue
Location: Alabama, USA
Sat, October 16, 2010 18:55 IP:
Thanks, Pap.
5) Dan Lunsford
Location: United States
Tue, August 10, 2010 16:14 IP:
Great site for a great soldier

Keep the Faith

Tue, August 10, 2010 20:21 Host: 
Thanks for posting.
4) Brian
Location: Ripley, WV
Thu, July 22, 2010 15:02 Host:
George Thomas doesn't need to tear any other Generals down to build his own reputation up. His historical record speaks for itself. When his wife Francis Kellog Thomas, destroyed his personal records in San Francisco in 1870 shortly after his sudden death, this should tell of of us what General Thomas wanted. He wished to let history in it's own good time, pass judgement on his service. He absolutely did not agree with the claim of others that he had ever been slow. Not at Nashville, NOT ANYWHERE. Thomas took the upmost care to plan everything he could. He valued the lives of his men. They didn't call him "Pap" for nothing.

Thu, July 22, 2010 16:18 Host: 
Well stated. General Thomas was a patient man. But even he would find it hard to believe that the complete truth of the Civil War would not come out after 145 years...
3) Bill
Location: Garnet Valley, PA
Mon, July 12, 2010 09:41 Host:
Do you homework! This statement is way off base. Thomas' record is distorted enough Misinformation like this on a "reputable" site is unconscionable and casts doubt on everything else posted: "His sense of loyalty to his commanding officer and the army twice made him turn down promotions when he thought it was not justified under army protocol. It also made him protest an appointment of a superior in command to someone who was less senior to him. But when the officer was made 'senior' by an act of the president, Thomas readily accepted the officer (Rosecrans) as his commander."

Mon, July 12, 2010 11:48 Host: 
How would you rewrite this statement to correct it to your satisfaction?
2) Wilbur Burt
Location: greensboro, north carolina
Sun, July 11, 2010 18:51 Host:
general thomas picture and story line; he was not forgotten!!

Mon, July 12, 2010 11:50 Host: 
Thanks for posting.
1) David
Location: USA
Wed, July 7, 2010 14:31 Host: