46863Re: [civilwarwest] yesterday in history
- Dec 19, 2010My points about Thomas are not meant to demean or lessen his very real
accomplishments. Here is one:
"The interments [at Chattanooga National Cemetery] are made without
regard to States, as we think justly, though members of same regiments
are kept together as far as practicable, on a good suggestion of a
distinguished Major-General, as we learn, that “there had been 
quite enough of State Rights; that these soldiers had died fighting for
the Union, against rebellious States, and now we had better mix them up
and nationalize them a little.” He thought our poor fellows would like
that best, if they could have a voice in the matter, and we heartily
concur in the opinion….
"It stands out a truly Union and national work as far as completed,
simple but grand in its conception and execution; and General Thomas
well deserves high praise and the united thanks of the army and the
country for what has there been done so promptly and appropriately for
our slain and dead soldiery."
James F. Russling, “National Cemeteries,” Harper’s New Monthly Magazine.
Volume 33, Issue 195, (August 1866), pp. 318-319.
Judy and Bob Huddleston
10643 Sperry Street
Northglenn, CO 80234-3612
“There must be more historians of the Civil War than there were generals
fighting it, and, of the two groups, the historians are the more
belligerent.” David Donald, “Refighting the Civil War,” Lincoln
Reconsidered (New York, 1956), 82.
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