Who Are These People Memorialized on Horseback around the District? Vol. 4 – George H. Thomas


Conveniently located in Thomas Circle at the junction of Massachusetts Avenue, Vermont Avenue, 14th Street, and M Street, NW. George Henry Thomas:

“(July 31, 1816 – March 28, 1870) was a career United States Army officer and a Union General during the American Civil War, one of the principal commanders in the Western Theater.

Thomas had a successful record in the Civil War, but he failed to achieve the historical acclaim of some of his contemporaries, such as Ulysses S. Grant and William T. Sherman. He developed a reputation as a slow, deliberate general who shunned self-promotion and who turned down advancements in position when he did not think they were justified. After the war, he did not write memoirs to advance his legacy. He also had an uncomfortable personal relationship with Grant, which served him poorly as Grant advanced in rank and eventually to the presidency.”


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  • George Thomas was a total badass – the Rock of Chickamauga, who also played a major role at Chattanooga. It’s a shame that Logan – more a politician than a general – has a neighborhood named after him, and that folks who live ON Thomas Circle cite Logan when giving directions!

  • Thomas was also a Virginian, but rightfully chose the Union during the Civil War. He’s basically a respectable version of Robert E. Lee.

  • ThunderCheese

    Some old photos of Thomas Circle

    1943 – http://www.shorpy.com/thomas-circle-washington

    1921 – http://www.shorpy.com/node/4114

    awesome bunny photo at Thomas Circle, 1911 and now – http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonepowell/3738715079/

  • As Shelby Foote perceptively explained that “they were launching a surprise attack against a man who could not be surprised; whose emotional make-up apparently excluded that kind of reaction to any event.”

  • I read a reference to President John Tyler. Realized I knew nothing about him – not even sure he was president. I pulled up his Wiki entry and began to read. Fascinating! He was nearly blown to bits on the Potomac River on the USS Princeton when a new canon was fired one too many times! First president to become president without being elected! Joined the Confederate Senate during the Civil War! Ergo, only Pres. not to have a funeral in Washington. All of which is to say, it’s interesting to “Polk” around facts on generals and presidents you don’t know well.

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