He grew up on a slave plantation, but was forced to flee from his home with his brothers, sisters and widowed mother after the breakout of Nat Turner's 1831 slave rebellion. At the age of 20, Thomas went to the U. Military Academy at West Point, New York. When the Civil War broke out, Thomas pledged allegiance to the U.After a clash with Stonewall Jackson, President Lincoln promoted him to Brigadier General and sent him to fight outside of Virginia. General Thomas successfully turned back a Confederate advance across the Cumberland River, and as a result was promoted to major general. His cool-headedness, attention to every detail, and his mapping and scouting skills, all combined to make him one of the greatest generals of the Civil War. There was much friction between General Grant and General Thomas for many reasons.
Grant had been put in command of military regiments at the very outset of the war, apparently because of his political connections, whereas Thomas, as a Virginian, had no home-state member of Congress to lobby for his advancement. Also, prior to the Civil War Grant had been disciplined for drinking and dropped out of the army for seven years, whereas Thomas had an unbroken record of service.
These facts and other reasons were the cause of dislike and animosity between the two. The item "CIVIL WAR UNION GENERAL GEORGE H. THOMAS CDV PHOTO by BRADY & ANTHONY" is in sale since Thursday, May 20, 2021.
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