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Bernard Price Bernard Price from Gosport Hampshire, UK wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:33 am
Sun, July 3, 2011 08:44
pricegspt@ntlworld.com


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.
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Your points are well made. Thank you for your insightful comments.
Richard Guida Richard Guida from Camden, NJ wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:24 am
Thu, July 7, 2011 23:13

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.
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Richard William Thomas Richard William Thomas from United States wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:23 am
Tue, July 19, 2011 23:41
richardwthomas@att.net
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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.
Dorothy Woosley Dorothy Woosley wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:19 am
Mon, September 5, 2011 16:12
mzbriz@yahoo.com

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.
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No, I have never found a photo or painting of Mrs. Thomas.
Jonathon Small Jonathon Small from Middletown, RI USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:17 am
Mon, October 3, 2011 13:12
jonsmall(at)cox(dot)net

Hi,
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.
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Thanks so much for this new information.
teschuetz teschuetz wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:16 am
Thurs, October 13, 2011 20:13
teschuetz(at)comcast(dot)net

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!

Cheers!
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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.
James Jones James Jones from Thomas County, Nebraska wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:15 am
Thurs, October 17, 2011 11:22
jayjones911(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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.
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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.
Jason Fish Jason Fish from USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:13 am
Sat, October 29, 2011 19:30
jasonfishmd(at)gamil(dot)com
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.
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Thanks so much for leaving a note.
Greg Alexander Greg Alexander from USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:11 am
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!
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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 http://generalthomas.com/Thomas_statue.htm
James Fish James Fish from USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:09 am
Mon, January 2, 2012 14:23
James.Fish(at)gvltec(dot)edu

James Fish descendant of one of his body guard in American Civil War , Company L 1st Ohio CAV
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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.
Francine Schwieder Francine Schwieder from USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:05 am
Wed, January 11, 2012 10:40
francine(at)pinkmutant(dot)com


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!
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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:

http://generalthomas.com/johnson_photo.htm
Eric Rachut Eric Rachut from Virginia, USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 8:01 am
Mon, February 27, 2012 6:30
Eric.Rachut(at)va(dot)gov

I admire him, too.

Like Patrick Henry, and unlike most of his colleagues, he had no use for personal aggrandizement. Both
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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.
Jim Storer Jim Storer from USA wrote on March 26, 2020 at 7:51 am
Sun, March 25, 2012 16:01
jstorer07(at)comcast(dot)net


General Thomas was a great American & should be remembered for bravery.
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Thanks so much for leaving a note.
1) David 1) David from USA wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:50 pm
Wednesday, 7. July 2010 02:31 PM
dmercado11(at)att(dot)net
2) Wilbur Burt 2) Wilbur Burt from greensboro, north carolina wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:45 pm
Sunday, 11. July 2010 06:51 PM
wburt59(at)hotmail(dot)com

general thomas picture and story line; he was not forgotten!!

http://www.archive.org/stream/millersphotographic09franrich#page/102/mode/2up
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Wilbur,
Thanks for posting.
3) Bill 3) Bill from Garnet Valley, PA wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:43 pm
Monday, 12. July 2010 09:41 AM
dosvoss(at)yahoo(dot)com

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."
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Bill,
How would you rewrite this statement to correct it to your satisfaction?
4) Brian 4) Brian from Ripley, WV wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:36 pm
Thursday, 22. July 2010 03:02 PM
bkthomas(at)jacksoncountywv(dot)com

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.
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Brian,
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...
5) Dan Lunsford 5) Dan Lunsford from United States wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Tuesday, 10. August 2010 04:14 PM
centurion51(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com

Great site for a great soldier

Keep the Faith
WDL51
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Thanks for posting.
6) Soljerblue 6) Soljerblue from Alabama, USA wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:23 pm
Saturday, 16. October 2010 06:55 PM
soljerblue(at)charter(dot)net

Thanks, Pap.
7) h percy 7) h percy from north carolina wrote on March 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm
Saturday, 6. November 2010 03:19 PM


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.