Of Great Generals who were NOT Gods

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  1. Dr. Bob

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    Who is/was your Favorite General? There are many from which to choose, some with long careers, others with just one startling victory.

    My choice? Glad I asked:

    England's Henry V at Agincourt, AD 1415
     
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    Well, if I get only one, I choose George Thomas, a Virginian who commanded Union armies in the West - his family disowned him over his decision.

    Not only did he save the Army of the Cumberland's bacon at Chickamauga, he won the first significant Union victory in the West (Mill Springs). His soldiers captured Seminary Ridge at Chattanooga while Sherman was wandering around lost. At Nashville, his army had the distinction of completely destroying Hood's army, the only time that happened during the war, and pretty much ended the war in the West by hunting down and eliminating the Army of Tennessee.

    Unfortunately, Grant didn't like Thomas (he actually sent orders to Nashville to have Thomas removed right before the battle) and Thomas has not received the credit that he deserved.
     
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    Major General Charlie Rodgers, US Army (Retired)
    - Congressional Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam
    - A soldier's soldier
    - A Christian man with a voice for witness
     
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    Vo Nguyen Giap--lost all the big battles, won the war.
     
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    Hey RSR,

    Can you recommend a few good books on Gen. George Thomas. He may well be an ancestor of mine!

    Thanks,

    BibleboyII
     
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    Here are a couple of links to bibliographies:

    http://home.att.net/~dmercado/biograph.htm

    http://home.att.net/~dmercado/usamhi.htm

    A good short introduction is in With My Face to the Enemy, a collection of essays on the Civil War that includes a good piece by John Bowers on the "Rock of Chickamauga." It should be readily available at libraries.

    Here's a link to an online archive of articles about the Army of the Cumberland, including the full text of a biography:

    http://www.aotc.net/Articles.htm
     
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    Thanks for the links! I read through some of the Bio material. I don't think he is one of my Virginia ancestors. His family was from eastern VA and mine is from southwestern VA.
     
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    I don't have a favotire General, but I have a favorite Colonel. That would be Colonel Sanders. I just had dinner at his place the other day ;)
     
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    Lee of Virginia

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    (Not a general!)
     
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    I'd have to second Thomas as the greatest general of the Civil war. Hood had besieged Thomas in Nashville. Thomas calmly prepared his troops, and when he came out after Hood, he destroyed his army.

    Ironically, the best Union General of the war, indeed, the best general period, was a southerner.
     

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