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  1. George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel (Modern War Studies)
    George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel (Modern War Studies)
    George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel (Modern War Studies)
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  2. George Henry Thomas: As True As Steel (Modern War Studies)

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Although often counted among the Union's top five generals, George Henry Thomas has still not received his due. A Virginian who sided with the North in the Civil War, he was a more complicated commander than traditional views have allowed. Brian Wills now provides a new and more complete look at the life of a man known to history as "The Rock of Chickamauga," to his troops as "Old Pap," and to General William T. Sherman as a soldier who was "as true as steel."

While biographers have long been hampered by Thomas's lack of personal papers, Wills has drawn on previously untapped sources-notably the correspondence of Thomas's contemporaries-to offer new insights into what made him tick. Focusing on Thomas's personality and motivations, Wills contributes revealing discussions of his style and approach to command and successfully captures his troubled interactions with other Union commanders, providing a particularly more evenhanded evaluation of his relationship with Grant. He also gives a more substantial account of battlefield action than can be found in other biographies, capturing the ebb and flow of key encounters—Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, Chattanooga and Atlanta, Stones River and Mill Springs, Peachtree Creek and Nashville—to help readers better understand Thomas's contributions to their outcomes.

Throughout Wills presents a well-rounded individual whose complex views embraced the worlds of professional military service and scientific inquisitiveness, a man known for attention to detail and compassion to subordinates. We also meet a sharp-tempered person whose disdain for politics hurt his prospects for advancement as much as it reflected positively on his character, and Wills offers new insight into why Thomas might not have progressed as quickly up the ladder of command as he might have liked.

More deeply researched than other biographies, Wills's work situates Thomas squarely in his own time to provide readers with a more thorough and balanced life story of this enigmatic Union general. It is a definitive military history that gives us a new and needed picture of the Rock of Chickamauga—a man whose devotion to duty and ideals made him as true as steel.

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Brian Steel Wills
University Press of Kansas
University Press of Kansas
University Press of Kansas
University Press of Kansas
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

....much more substance and factual content than previous writings concerning General Thomas. I found this biography to feel less a work trying to prove a point than one showing truths about the General and letting the reader draw their own conclusion. As a member of the George H Thomas "fan club, I've always felt that he was the best of the military leaders during the Civil War, for either side (with Cleburne or Forrest distant seconds,but at much different levels of command). This book provides more evidence that he was terribly underrated and that Grant, Sherman, and Schofield were give more press that they deserved. A very fair and even, unbiased view.
"The Rock of Chickamauga." Forever known by that name, General George Thomas was much more. From his first victory at Mill Springs to his devastation of General John Bell Hood's Army of Tennessee, he was a winner. Well organized, well prepared, and very careful. Those characteristics helped him plan and act and win battles. They also irritated those like Ulysses Grant who wanted more celerity from Thomas.

This biography is a cradle to grave work, tracing his Southern roots (he was a Southerner who stayed loyal to the Union--and earned his family's wrath in the process), his early life, his training at West Point, his various postings after that, his role in the Civil War--and after.

This book speaks of his role in a variety of battles, but those events are not really the centerpiece of this work. In a very real sense, this book is a character study of Thomas. His personality and his traits are discussed, as well as how these are related to his role as a... Read more
Great book. Highly recommend to anyone who is interested in the history of the Civil War and is very well written.
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