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 Posted: Mon Oct 31st, 2011 12:31 am
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There's no denying Stonewall Jackson got the most out of his command but who were his adversaries:  McDowell,  Banks, Frémont, MClellan, Pope, Hooker ? I  would not want to go up against  "The Rock of Chickamauga" George H. Thomas. He served as Buell's second-in-command at the Battle of Perryville which halted Bragg's invasion of Kentucky.  Thomas gave an impressive performance at the Battle of Stones River, holding the center of the retreating Union line and once again preventing a victory by Bragg. He once again held a desperate position against Bragg's onslaught at Chickamauga while the Union line on his right collapsed.  A dramatic breakthrough on Missionary Ridge in the Battle of Chattanooga. In the Franklin-Nashville Campaign of 1864, he achieved one of the most decisive victories of the war, destroying the army of much-touted Confederate General John Bell Hood, at the Battle of Nashville.  After the War, during the Reconstruction period, Thomas acted to protect freedmen from white abuses. Thomas also used troops to protect places threatened by violence from the Ku Klux Klan.  His record speaks for itself. A great soldier and American.

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