The Life of Major-General George H. Thomas

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1882 - Generals - 502 pages
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I have eagerly awaited a chance to read about why General Thomas remained in service to the General Government of the United States instead of resigning and joining forces with the traitor Robert E. Lee. The reading I have done in this book alleviates any concern I may have had about the matter. The book lays out in no uncertain terms the reasons why General Thomas remained loyal to the United States. He simply was affected by doing right or wrong and doing right was the thing which kept him from committing himself to a lost cause. He enjoyed the many privileges he had with allegiance to the Army of the United States and, not wanting to undermine his allegiance to country was what kept him loyal.
He gave up his family, his native state of Virginia, and any other allegiance he may have had for the south in order to keep his oath of allegiance to the United States. His own family rejected him after he remained in the Army of the United States. For that reason, he was disallowed burial in his native state. But, thankfully, he is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York, where I can visit the grave of a brave, heroic man.

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