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.
Erected 1992 by the Civil War Society.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #18 Ulysses S. Grant series list. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1870.
Location. 42° 45.474′ N, 73° 40.173′ W. Marker is in Troy, New York, in Rensselaer County. Memorial is on Oakwood Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located in Oakwood Cemetery, in section I-1. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troy NY 12182, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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. ¼ mile away); Amos Eaton (approx. ¼ mile away); “Uncle Sam” (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Troy.
Also see . . .
1. Biography of Maj. Gen. George Henry Thomas. (Submitted on November 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
2. Chickamauga. (Submitted on November 1, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
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