and with an appalling recklessness of life, they thrust themselves upon the Union lines again and again, only to recoil, battered and bleeding.
Thomas — the rock of Chickamauga who became the sledge of Nashville
Major-General George Henry Thomas, Virginia-born soldier loyal to the Union; commended for gallantry in the Seminole War, and for service in Mexico; won the battle of Mill Spring, January 19, 1862; commanded the right wing of the Army of the Tennessee against Corinth and at Perryville, and the center at Stone's River.
Only his stability averted overwhelming defeat for the Federals at Chickamauga.
At Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge he was a host in himself.
After Sherman had taken Atlanta he sent Thomas back to Tennessee to grapple with Hood.
How he crushed Hood by his sledge-hammer blows is told in the accompanying text.
Thomas, sitting down in Nashville, bearing the brunt of Grant's impatience, and ignoring completely the proddings from Washington to advance