Re: What did Thomas have against Grant?
- I have wondered about the influence of Buell on Thomas (or Thomas on
Buell) in two regards:
-They were both, how shall I put it, sluggish generals.
-And they both had difficult relationships with Grant.
--- In civilwarwest@y..., brooksdsimpson@y... wrote:
> I note the question has not been asked this way, and yet it seems
> equally legitimate.
> There's really nothing about prewar contacts; Thomas may have
> resented the attention given Grant for Paducah, Belmont, Henry, and
> Donelson, while Mill Springs was largely ignored.
> Or it may be that Thomas shared the Army of the Ohio's belief that
> had saved the Army of the Tennessee at Shiloh. There was a lot of
> friction between the generals in those two armies. Certainly Buell
> did not treat Grant well.
> Finally, Thomas may have heard a great deal about Grant from
> Rosecrans, who loved gossip (and self-promotion). Rosey just
> care for Grant, and liked to spread rumors about him (something
> simply missing in Cozzens's study of Iua/Corinth). Thomas seems to
> have developed something of a liking for Buell and Rosecrans; he
> have seen Dana's activity after Chickamauga as unwarranted and in
> favor of Grant, so much so that he was not inclined to greet Grant
> warmly on October 23.