“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Newsoms in Southampton County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)


Home of Gen. George H. Thomas

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By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2009
1. Thomaston CWT Marker
Inscription. Gen. George H. Thomas was born in this house on July 31, 1816. He lived here until his appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1836, where he roomed his first year with William T. Sherman. After graduation in 1840, Thomas entered the U.S. Army and fought in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, serving in the latter under Albert Sydney Johnson and Robert E. Lee. Early in the 1850s, he taught cavalry tactics at West Point; among his students were future Civil War generals Philip H. Sheridan and J.E.B. Stuart.

Thomas last saw his home in December 1860. When the Civil War began, Thomas, unlike his fellow Virginians Lee and Stuart, remained in the U.S. Army. His Southern roots bred distrust among his superiors, while his loyalty to the United States brought him the enmity of his sisters, who continued to live in the house. They allegedly refused to send him the sword (now in the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond) that the county had made for him for his Mexican War service, sewed a flag for a local Confederate unit, and turned his picture to the wall.

Thomas served in the western theater, where his reputation as a field commander grew. His unyielding stand at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20, 1863, earned him the sobriquet “Rock of Chickamauga.” His defense of Nashville, Tennessee,
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By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2009
2. Thomaston Markers.
and subsequent counterattack, December 15-16, 1864, shattered the Confederate army there.

Thomas never returned to Virginia. After the war, he commanded the Division of the Pacific in San Francisco, California, and died there on March 28, 1870. He is buried in Troy, New York, the home of his wife, Frances Lucretia Kellogg. Thomasís sisters, eventually more sorry than angry, supported the statue erected to him in Washington, D.C., in 1879.
Erected by Virginia Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 36° 38.344′ N, 77° 5.578′ W. Marker is near Newsoms, Virginia, in Southampton County. Marker is at the intersection of Thomaston Road and Chickamauga Drive, on the right when traveling west on Thomaston Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newsoms VA 23874, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named "Thomaston" (a few steps from this marker); The Hand Site (approx. 3Ĺ miles away); Virginia Native Tribes/First Americans (approx. 4.3 miles away); Nottoway Indians
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By Bernard Fisher, April 18, 2009
3. Thomaston (private residence).
(approx. 4.4 miles away); General Thomas' Birthplace (approx. 5 miles away); Old Indian Reservation (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Rebecca Vaughan House (approx. 5.4 miles away); Southampton County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away).
More about this marker. In the upper center is a photograph of “Gen. George H. Thomas”. On the lower right are three photographs: "Snodgrass House, Thomasís Headquarters at Chickamauga, Ga., postwar photo by William Henry Jackson.”; “Outer Union lines, Nashville, Tenn., dated Dec. 16, 1864, during the Battle of Nashville”; and “Thomas Statue, Thomas Circle, Washington, D.C., ca. 1911”
Also see . . .
1. Army of the Cumberland and George H. Thomas source page. Thomaston - Birthplace of Gen. George H. Thomas. (Submitted on April 20, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. The George H. Thomas Home Page. (Submitted on April 20, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
3. Civil War Traveler - Tidewater Virginia - More Sites. Thomaston. (Submitted on May 18, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
Categories. Notable PersonsWar, US Civil
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