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 Posted: Fri Mar 22nd, 2013 03:23 pm
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Technically Thomas could really get things conused. The most famous, as Johan Steele pointed out, is Major General George Henry Thomas. Which is who folks would tend to think of, naturally. But there were other General Thomas', at least six in fact. Three Confederate and three more Federal. On the Confederate side there was Brigadier General Allen Thomas, Brigadier General Bryan Morel Thomas, and Brigadier General Edward Lloyd Thomas. On the Federal side besides Major General Thomas there was Brevet Major General Henry Goddard Thomas, Brevet Major General Lorenzo Thomas, and Bigadier General Stephen Thomas.

Of course when you get down to it it many of the generals had the same surname but there were onl a handful of a particular surname (typically just one) who became famous. How many General Jacksons do you think there were? On the Confederate side there were at least six and at least another four on the Federal side. Of these everyone thinks of Lt. General Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson. And when you talk Grant who thinks Brevet Major General Lewis Addison Grant.

Folks will think of that handful under a given surname who really gained fame. And even then usually one gained a level of fame that puts them ahead of the rest of the handful. Say Lee and I bet you 10 out of 10 people will immediately go for Robert Edward Lee. Out of that 10 people maybe 4 out of 10 will mention Fitzhugh Lee, George Washington Custis Lee, or William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee. Maybe, MAYBE 1 out of ten would mention, Stephen Dill Lee, Edwin Gray Lee, or Federal general Albert Lindley Lee. The thing is that people will think of a specific individual by that surname


As Johan Steele said, saying Thomas more makes folks think of the surname Thomas, not Jackson's first name. So it may confuse people if they don't put into context what is being discussed.

http://grapevine.com.au/~kwebb/Generals.html

Last edited on Fri Mar 22nd, 2013 03:23 pm by Hellcat

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