General George H. Thomas: A Biography of the Union's ''Rock by Robert P. Broadwater
By Robert P. Broadwater
One of many Civil War's so much winning generals is heralded through army historians yet by no means completed the lasting reputation of provide, Lee, Jackson or Sherman. George Thomas's Southern start, the ambition of fellow officials, and his motion within the less-publicized Western Theater mixed to maintain him from achieving attractiveness. This accomplished biography makes a speciality of the army occupation that coated such battlegrounds as Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Nashville, in addition to the political maneuvers that stored Thomas out of the highlight.
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When men ﬁrst knew him they respected and feared him; on longer acquaintances, especially such as exists between a commander and his soldiers, they trusted and loved him. 3 Thomas would remain with the army in Mexico until August 20, 1847, at which time Company E was ordered back to Texas to assume garrison duties at Brazos de Santiago, near the mouth of the Brazos River. In addition to his other duties, Thomas once more was detailed as commissary ofﬁcer of the post, a position he held till February 1, 1849, when he was granted a six-month leave.
First Glory in Mexico 23 o’clock, a sergeant and ten men ﬁred the houses on the road which had been successively occupied by our men and the enemy’s pickets. It brought a heavy discharge of shells, canister and round shot from the enemy’s batteries. , the mortar on our west silent, and one ﬁring from a position between us and the fort, at the upper ferry; it was much further off, ﬁred accurately. , Major Brown died, and in a short time we heard the re-engagement between the armies [the Battle of Resaca de la Palma].
28 Santa Anna tested the American line by sending General Ampudia against the left, at the base of the mountains. At the same time, another Mexican force was sent against the right, while still another was directed to march even further to the right, in the obvious hope of turning this ﬂank. The ﬁrst column sorely pressed the left, outﬂanking that portion of the line, but it was unable to turn the ﬂank. The latter column ran into the Bragg’s Battery and the 2nd Kentucky. A spirited ﬁre-ﬁght erupted in front of all of the Mexican forces, but a general engagement was not brought on by either side, and night was permitted to fall with the combatants occupying the aforementioned positions.