honesty, integrity, and honor, he will stand to posterity as the beau ideal of the soldier and gentleman.
More tersely, Thomas stands for character personified; Washington himself not more so. And now having said this, let us come again to the choice of Hercules—the parting of those terrible ways of 1861.
Like Scott and Lee, Thomas was a Virginian; but, again, there are Virginians and Virginians.
Thomas was not a Lee. When, in 1855, the second United States cavalry was organized, Jefferson Davis being Secretary of War, Captain Thomas, as he then was and in his thirty-ninth year, was appointed its junior major.
Between that time and April, 1861, fifty-one officers are said to have borne commissions in that regiment, thirty-one of whom were from the South; and of those thirty-one, no less than twenty-four entered the Confederate service, twelve of whom, among them Robert E. Lee, Albert Sidney Johnston and John B. Hood, became general officers.
The name of the Virginian, George