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67) David T. Williams 67) David T. Williams wrote on March 24, 2020 at 9:51 am
January 18, 2018 Thursday

I was delighted to find your website. I think General George Thomas may have been the best battlefield leader of the Civil War. People forget that the Rock of Chickamauga gave a preview of his heroic qualities at Stones River, where he also saved the army from disaster. Thanks to your site, I just reserved the book Master of War from my library system. I’m glad your doing justice to an undeservedly forgotten hero!
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Thanks for your comments. I know you will enjoy the book.
68) Sheldon Hildebrandt 68) Sheldon Hildebrandt wrote on March 24, 2020 at 9:22 am
March 11, 2018 Sunday
sheltyjohil(at)gmail(dot)com

Hi

I just stumbled across your website, and being a Thomas fan, would like to thank you for having put together the website!

I'm in the process of ordering some of the books you recommend and wanted to know if you could recommend books on The Army of The Cumberland to purchase?

For the last ten years I've been reading books about the war in general, and have come to agree with you wholeheartedly on the merit of Thomas.

So now I want to focus on him and read all I can.

Once again, Thanks for the website.
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Sheldon,

Yes, I started out much the same. As a young man I read all of Bruce Catton’s books. My favorite Generals were US Grant and Robert E. Lee. But after reading Shelby Foote’s trilogy, I realized that the Civil War was won in the Western Theater. I started reading about the best fought western battles and soon discovered General William S. Rosecrans and General George H. Thomas. Gen. Rosecrans did made bad mistakes at Chickamauga, but they were by far the best Generals of the war, and probably between them could have ended the war much sooner. But army politics kept them at the lower levels. General Grant kept promoting his friend General Sherman, not because he was a good general, but because he had such an influential brother in Senator Sherman.

Gen. Grant certainly has to be given credit for finally winning the war, but his strategy of winning by attrition, rather than using his superior numbers to win by maneuver caused huge Union losses that were unnecessary. I find the Civil War fascinating and keep hoping that the true history of the war will be revealed and that General Thomas be given his due, and perhaps one day a monument in his home State of Virginia alongside of his friend Robert E. Lee? Best regards,

Dave
70) Webmaster 70) Webmaster wrote on March 24, 2020 at 9:17 am
March 11, 2018 Sunday
sheltyjohil(at)gmail(dot)com

Hi

I just stumbled across your website, and being a Thomas fan, would like to thank you for having put together the website!

I'm in the process of ordering some of the books you recommend and wanted to know if you could recommend books on The Army of The Cumberland to purchase?

For the last ten years I've been reading books about the war in general, and have come to agree with you wholeheartedly on the merit of Thomas.

So now I want to focus on him and read all I can.

Once again, Thanks for the website.
69) Gil Hansen 69) Gil Hansen wrote on March 24, 2020 at 9:16 am
March 20, 2018 Tuesday

From the moment I first read of George Henry Thomas, he became my absolute favorite Civil War general. Now the more I read of him, the greater he becomes. He was not only a great general; he was a great man!
I never tire of reading about him, and unlike so many other "heroes", the more I read of him, the more I respect him. I have yet to read one fact regarding his character or career that doesn't impress me further.

Thank you for your informative website!
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Yes, He was not only a great General, but a man of superb character. Thanks for your note.
71) James Walton 71) James Walton wrote on March 24, 2020 at 8:47 am
April 15, 2019
whoviawil(at)gmail(dot)com

Hi, I noticed your page for "What If" ideas, and I thought I'd add a few:

1) What if Thomas died after he was wounded by a Comanche in August 1860, thereby denying both sides his services? The wound was quite serious, and could have been fatal had it become infected.

2) Thomas was offered command of the Army of the Ohio during the Kentucky campaign, but turned it down. He cited the ill effects a change in command mid-campaign could cause, and likely Thomas' moral sense and humility kept him from replacing Buell. What if he had accepted? It's difficult to see him doing any worse than Buell, and he could deal Bragg a defeat, rather than stalemate.

3) What if Thomas had been in command of Union forces during the Atlanta Campaign? He would likely have better exploited Snake Creek Gap, dealing Johnston a serious, possibility devastating blow.

In reference to the scenario of Thomas joining the CSA (presumably he doesn't marry Frances Kellogg), while I doubt his leadership would change the outcome of the conflict, it could really alter the war in Virginia.
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Very good questions. Thanks for the input.
Guillermo Bosch Guillermo Bosch from Gettysburg, PA wrote on March 24, 2020 at 8:24 am
My favorite CW general besides General George G. Meade.

Guillermo L. Bosch
Licensed Battlefield Guide #149
Gettysburg National Military Park
Guillermo Bosch Guillermo Bosch from Gettysburg, PA wrote on March 24, 2020 at 8:00 am
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My favorite CW general besides General George G. Meade.

Guillermo L. Bosch
Licensed Battlefield Guide #149
Gettysburg National Military Park
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You are a great judge of Generals!