Troy in Rensselaer County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
George Henry Thomas
Major General, U.S.A.
—July 31, 1816 – March 28, 1870 —
“The Rock of Chickamauga”
Thomas acquired the sobriquet, “Rock of Chickamauga”, for his gallant stand at the Battle of Chickamauga Creek, GA., Sept. 20, 1863. Subsequently he was given command of the Union Army of the Cumberland.
Dying of natural causes, General Thomas was laid to rest under the eagle before you in April, 1870. You are standing today where 10,000 mourners stood on that spring day including President Grant, his Cabinet, and Generals Meade, Hooker, Sheridan, Sherman, Schofield, and Rosecrans. None of Thomas’ Virginia kin were present. When his sisters learned of his infidelity to the South, they ceased all communications. In spite of his attempts at reconciliation, the breach was never closed.
Erected 1992 by the Civil War Society.
Location. Click for map. Marker is located in Oakwood Cemetery, in section I-1. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12182, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Warren Family Mortuary Chapel: 1861 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third Street Burial Grounds, 1824 (about 500 feet away); St. Peter's Cemetery (about 500 feet away); William Henry Freeman (about 800 feet away); Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel & Crematorium (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major General John Ellis Wool (approx. 0.2 miles away); Amos Eaton (approx. 0.3 miles away); “Uncle Sam” (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Troy.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Maj. Gen. George Henry Thomas. (Submitted on November 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Chickamauga. Account of the battle where Gen. Thomas earned his nickname, from CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on November 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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