Near Nancy in Pulaski County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
George Henry Thomas
The Rock of Chickamauga, the Sledge of Nashville
George Henry Thomas was born in Southampton County, Virginia, July 31, 1815. At the age sixteen he was forced to flee his home along with his sisters and widowed mother, during Nat Turner's "slave rebellion." He attended West Point and graduated in 1840, 12th in his class. He stayed in the army until his death. He saw action in the Seminole and Mexican wars and prior to the Civil War was stationed in Texas under the command of Albert Sidney Johnston. In 1861 he rejected an offer to become Virginia's Chief of Ordnance and instead remained loyal to the Union: as he put it " ... turn it every way (I) could, the one thing that was uppermost (was) duty to the government of the United States." Thomas' decision for the Union so disgusted his sisters that they never spoke to him again.
Because Thomas was from a prominent slave-holding Virginia family, .?.s in the Federal government, including President Lincoln, questioned his loyalty, and only through his meritorious service to the Union were these questions dispelled. He advanced rapidly and was promoted to brigadier general in August 1861 and in September he came to Kentucky to take command of Camp Dick Robinson about twenty five miles south of Lexington.
After Mill Springs, Thomas received the congratulations of the Commander of the Army, the states of Kentucky, and from the President. He was promoted to major general for his victory and later fought at Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville and Stones River. He saved the Union army at Chickamauga, thus earning the sobriquet "Rock of Chickamauga." He was given command of the Army of the Cumberland in 1863 and fought at Chattanooga, in the Atlanta campaign, and at Nashville. In March 1865 he became one of thirteen officers to receive the thanks
In Memoriam: Thomas at Chickamauga
It was that fierce contested field when Chickamauga lay / Beneath the wild tornado that swept her pride away; / Her dimpling dales and circling hills dyed crimson with the flood / That had its source in the springs that throb with human blood.
"Go say to General Hooker to reinforce his right!" / Said Thomas to his aide-de-camp, when wildly went the fight; / In front the battle thundered, it roared both right and left, / But like a rock "Pap" Thomas stood upon the crested Cleft.
"Where will I find you, General, when I return?" The aide / Leaned on his bridle-rein to wait the answer Thomas made; / The old chief like a lion turned, his pale lips set and sere, / And shook his mane, and stamped his foot, and fiercely answered, "Here!"
Excerpted from In Memoriam, Thomas at Chickamauga by Kate Brownloe Sherwood, 1841-1914
Top Quote "The general commanding congratulates the troops on the splendid victory!" - General George H. Thomas
Top Right A block of illegible text concerning Army of the Cumberland Medals with two faded-out illustrations.
Center Photograph General George Thomas with his signature, Geo. H. Thomas, Maj Genl - from Library of Congress
Lower Left Map Battle of Fishing Creek, Kentucky, January 19, 1862
Top Corners Wartime flags including the USA Stars & Stripes and the CSA Stars & Bars
Erected by Mill Springs Battlefield Association.
Location. 37° 3.373′ N, 84° 44.386′ W. Marker is near Nancy, Kentucky, in Pulaski County. Marker can be reached from Kentucky Route 235 0.1 miles south of Kentucky Road 761, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This is Station #2 on the Battlefield Loop Trail at Tour Stop 2 - Zollicoffer Park. Refer to trail map photo. Marker is in this post office area: Nancy KY 42544, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fix Bayonets - Charge! (a few steps from this marker); "The Zollie Tree" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Union Line at the Fence (within shouting distance of this marker); "Battle on a Sabbath Morn" (within shouting distance of this marker); Felix K. Zollicoffer, "Zollie Tree" (within shouting distance of this marker); Mistaken Identity - A Deadly Error (within shouting distance of this marker); Gen'l Felix K. Zollicoffer (within shouting distance of this marker); The Dawn of Battle (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nancy.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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