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MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE H. THOMAS - PRINTED CARD SIGNED IN INK 03/20/1869 - HFSID 14138

This autograph card was signed by the Rock of Chickamauga in Washington, DC in 1869, just over a year before his death. It comes framed, Gallery of History style, in a 21x13 portfolio with a b/w engraving of Thomas in uniform and a biography plate.

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Condition: fine condition
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GEORGE HENRY THOMAS
This autograph card was signed by the Rock of Chickamauga in Washington, DC in 1869, just over a year before his death. It comes framed, Gallery of History style, in a 21x13 portfolio with a b/w engraving of Thomas in uniform and a biography plate.
Printed autograph card signed in ink "Geo H Thomas/Maj Genl USA/Washington DC/March 20, 1869". 4¾x2½ of card visible. Framed in a brown imitation leather portfolio (20¾x12¾ when opened) with an unsigned b/w engraving of Thomas (5¾x7¾ visible) and a 5¾x3¾ biography plate. Thomas signed this card two months before receiving his last assignment - as Commander of the Military Division of the Pacific - and a little over a year before his death. Thomas (1816-1870, born in Newsom's Depot, Virginia), unlike some Virginian-born officers, stayed loyal to the Union when the Civil War broke out in 1861. He gained the nickname "the Rock of Chickamauga" by defending his position in the Battle of Chickamauga on September 19-20, 1863. His heroic defense led to Thomas being given command of the Army of the Cumberland, and he received a "Thanks of Congress" citation in March 1865 for his victory in Nashville. Thomas, who had graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1840, fought with distinction in the Seminole and Mexican Wars before returning to his alma mater as an Instructor of Calvary and Artillery (Phillip Sheridan and J.E.B. Stuart were among his pupils). In 1867, President Andrew Johnson asked the Senate to confirm Thomas to replace Ulysses S. Grant, who was actively running for the presidency, as General of the Army. Thomas politely declined the post. Comes framed Gallery of History style. Card is lightly toned, otherwise in fine condition.

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