George H. Thomas was a Virginia
native, a veteran of the Mexican War (1846–1848), and a Union general during the American Civil War (1861–1865) who earned
the nickname "the Rock of Chickamauga" after his defensive stand at the Georgia battle in
1863. He won an early Union victory at the Battle of Mill Springs, Kentucky (1862), and
decisively defeated the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Battle of Nashville
(1864). He also served as a subordinate at the Battle of Stone's River (1862–1863). . .
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