The Forgotten General

Historians' perspectives on George H. Thomas

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In July 1985, the state of Virginia placed his childhood home on its tour of historic sites and erected a roadside marker to identify it. But aside from the General Thomas Highway near his home, there is no monument to the Union general.

"I don't know if he will ever be a hero in Southampton," says Lynda Updike, president of the county's historical society. "But one has to admire his desire to choose the side he felt was right rather than to follow his peers."

George Thomas may have been right when he told a fellow officer, "Time and history will do me justice." But they seem in no hurry to do so.

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About Ernest B. Furgurson
Ernest B. Furgurson

Ernest B. Furgurson is the author of Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War and Ashes of Glory: Richmond at War, plus other books about war and politics.

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