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

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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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