Friday Oct 29, 2021

043 - The ”Rock”, The ”Sledge”: George Henry Thomas


About this episode: 

While most history enthusiasts are aware that Virginia was the leading theater of the war, many of those same people are surprised when they learn that Tennessee was second.  Indeed, the Western Theater of the American Civil War is shamefully neglected, despite the fact that it was in that theater where battles were fought and won that mortally wounded the Confederacy.  The Battle of Nashville in December of 1864 was, perhaps, the most significant in helping to bring the South to its knees and the Federal officer who led that victorious army has, like the theater in which he was engaged, been overlooked.  This episode hopes to bring attention and kudos to him.  An officer that former naval commander and historian, Thomas Buell, noted was unique - a Southerner who not only remained loyal to the Union but contributed mightily to its winning the war.  Our story is about a Virginian who, despite his state’s secession, chose blue: George Henry Thomas.


Some Characters Mentioned In This Episode:

Henry Halleck

Don Carlos Buell

Braxton Bragg

William Starke Rosecrans

Philip Sheridan

Gordon Granger


For Additional Reading:


Thomas Buell, The Warrior Generals: Combat Leadership in the Civil War, 1998


Get The Guide:

Want to learn more about the Civil War? A great place to start is Fred's guide, The Civil War: A History of the War between the States from Workman Publishing. The guide is in its 9th printing.


Producer: Dan Irving


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