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Major General George H. Thomas

 
 
Major General George H. Thomas Memorial Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, June 4, 2008
1. Major General George H. Thomas Memorial
Inscription.
(Right):
Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas
San Francisco, Cal.
March 28, 1870

(Left):
Erected by his Comrades
of the Society of
The Army of the Cumberland

 
Erected 1878 by Society of the Army of the Cumberland.
 
Location. 38° 54.339′ N, 77° 1.917′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of 14th Street NW and Massachusetts Avenue NW, on the right when traveling north on 14th Street NW. Click for map. Located in Thomas Circle. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Presidents' Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Augustine Catholic Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Linotype Model 31 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Striving for Equality (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan AME Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bethune Museum-Archives (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
 
Related marker.
Major General George H. Thomas Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. Makali Bruton, September 7, 2015
2. Major General George H. Thomas Marker
Close-up of the monument's text.
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Major General George H. Thomas Memorial. SIRIS entry for the memorial. As with the nearby McPherson Memorial, the Thomas Memorial is said to be cast from the metal of captured Confederate cannon. The statue was criticized for imperfections and inaccuracies, such as the sex of the horse. (Submitted on April 1, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Army of the Cumberland and George Thomas Source. Web site detailing the Army of the Cumberland, along with the career of General Thomas. (Submitted on November 23, 2009, by Bob Redman of Jacksonville, Florida.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. George Thomas: Virginian for the Union .
"George Thomas was one of the Civil War's most prominent Southern Unionists, known for his heroic leadership at Mill Springs, Chickamauga, and Nashville. A slave owner before the war, he commanded African American soldiers at the Battle of Nashville and the experience transformed him into a stalwart defender of Civil Rights. During Reconstruction, he led the fight against the Ku Klux Klan as the commander of U.S. army troops in Kentucky and Tennessee."
[Abstract re: George Thomas, Virginian for the Union by Christopher J. Einolf. Norman: University of Oklahoma
Left Side Inscription Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
3. Left Side Inscription
Press, 2007.]
    — Submitted August 15, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 
Additional keywords. George Henry Thomas; "Rock of Chickamauga"; "The Sledge of Nashville"; John Quincy Adams Ward, sculptor; Reconstruction.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Equestrian Statue of General Thomas Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, May 22, 2008
4. Equestrian Statue of General Thomas
Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas (1816 - 1870) Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 17, 2009
5. Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas (1816 - 1870)
died at his post in San Francisco, California as Commander of the Army's Pacific Division; buried in Troy, New York.
Major General George H. Thomas Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. Makali Bruton, September 7, 2015
6. Major General George H. Thomas Marker
This view shows how the center part of the metal decoration has been removed from the monument. Comparing it to the decoration on the opposite side, it probably was of an acorn (symbol of the Army of the Cumberland) over a five-pointed star. Interestingly, a stone acorn can also be seen on the monument underneath the metal decoration.
Major General George H. Thomas image, Click for more information
7. Major General George H. Thomas
Thomas was a loyal Southerner who fought for the Union during the Civil War. While occasionally surrounded by controversy, he was a stable and deliberate commander. He is well known for his stand on the closing stages of the Battle of Chickamauga. Later he soundly defeated a Confederate force in the battle of Nashville.

(Photo Source: Civil War photographs, 1861-1865 / compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge, Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1977. No. 0995)
Click for more information.
Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas Photo, Click for full size
By Richard E. Miller, August 17, 2009
8. Maj. Gen. George H. Thomas
"Bureau Bros.& Heaton/Founders Phila." (Left base of statue)
"J. Q. A. Ward./Sculp. 1879." (Base front)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,113 times since then. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   6. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of San Salvador, El Salvador.   7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   8. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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