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George H. Thomas

Date of Birth:      July 31, 1816
Hometown:         Southampton County, VA
Education:           West Point, 1840
Final Wartime Rank:    Major General
Final Peacetime Rank:  Major General

Date of Death:     March 28, 1870
Place of Death:    San Francisco, CA
Buried At:           Troy, NY

Major Battles:        Shenandoah Campaign (under Patterson), Mill Springs (KY), Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Perryville (KY), Stones River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga Campaign, Atlanta Campaign, Battle of Nashville

Interesting Fact(s):    As a native Virginian, George Thomas' loyalty to the Union might be questioned.  However, early in the war, Thomas would prove his loyalty to the "Stars and Stripes."  After the battle of Chattanooga, he would become one of U.S. Grant's most trusted lieutenants.  By then, he had earned his reputation, as the "Rock of Chickamauga," covering the Army of the Cumberland's retreat from Chickamauga.  Given the choice, between William S. Rosecrans, or Thomas, Grant chose the latter, to lead the Army of the Cumberland.  Thomas would go on to fight with William T. Sherman, during the Atlanta Campaign, and would later move to secure Nashville, when John Bell Hood's army moved north into Tennessee, after the fall of Atlanta.  While his actions, in the defense of Tennessee, were perceived as lethargic, by Grant, Thomas would destroy the remnants of Hood's army, at the Battle of Nashville.  While in command, of the Department of the Pacific, in 1870, in San Francisco, Thomas would die from a stroke.

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