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Re: What did Thomas have against Grant?

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  • William Henry Keene
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 3, 2001
      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.

      ~Will

      --- 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
      it
      > 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
      didn't
      > 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
      may
      > 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.
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