Thomas, George H.
Subsequently, Thomas commanded the XIV Corps in the Tullahoma and Chickamauga campaigns in 1863. At the Battle of Chickamauga, he and his command stood firm while Rosecrans and other corps commanders fled the field. Nicknamed the “Rock of Chickamauga,” Thomas led the Army of the Cumberland to victory at Missionary Ridge and in the Atlanta campaign of 1864. Sent to Nashville at the time of Sherman's march to the sea, Thomas destroyed John B. Hood's Army of Tennessee in December 1864. Postwar, he remained in the regular army, until his death in 1870 as commander of the Military Division of the Pacific.
Although Thomas's record in the Civil War as a consistently competent and tenacious tactician was unsurpassed, his unwillingness to promote himself meant he received less credit than was his due. Nevertheless, few Union officers made a greater contribution to the ultimate victory.
[See also Civil War: Military and Diplomatic Course; Union Army.]
Francis F. McKinney , Education in Violence: The Life of George H. Thomas and the History of the Army of the Cumberland, 1961.
Peter Cozzens , This Terrible Sound: The Battle of Chickamauga, 1992.
William Glenn Robertson
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