The Day by Day History of the
General George H. Thomas, Rock of Chickamauga, Was Born
July 31, 1816
Born on July 31, 1816, in Southampton County,
Virginia, General George H. Thomas was known as "The Rock of
Chickamauga." He got the nickname by defending the Chickamauga
Creek in northwestern Georgia in 1863 during the Civil War. He
then went on to win more battles for the Union. Doesn't he look
"rock" solid in this old photograph?
A graduate of West
Point, Thomas served in the Mexican War and returned to teach at
West Point. When the Civil War began, he remained loyal to the
Union. In 1864, he helped General William T. Sherman take
Atlanta. Thomas also fought and won conflicts at Franklin and
Nashville, Tennessee. This photograph showing the outer line of
Union soldiers at the Battle of Nashville gives you an idea of
how hard life was for the men living and fighting on the front.
The leadership of the "Rock of Chickamauga" often gave soldiers
the courage to continue the struggle.