Oration on the Life and Character of Gen. George H. Thomas: Delivered Before the Society of the Army of the Cumberland ... at the Fourth Annual Reunion, Cleveland, November 25, 1870

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R. Clarke, 1871 - 52 Seiten
 

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Seite 38 - Are close upon the shining table-lands To which our God Himself is moon and sun. Such was he : his work is done. But while the races of mankind endure, Let his great example stand Colossal, seen of every land, And keep the soldier firm, the statesman pure: Till in all lands and thro...
Seite 44 - With all my devotion to the Union, and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen, I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home. I have, therefore, resigned my commission in the army, and, save in defense of my native State, with the sincere hope that my poor services may never be needed, I hope I may never be called on to draw my sword.
Seite 46 - Major, February 23, 1847, for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battle of Buena Vista, Mexico...
Seite 19 - The whole south is in a state of revolution, into which Virginia, after a long struggle, has been drawn; and, though I recognize no necessity for this state of things, and would have forborne and pleaded to the end for a redress of grievances, real or supposed, yet in my own person I had to meet the question whether I should take part against my native state.
Seite 49 - That the thanks of Congress are due, and are hereby tendered, to MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE H.
Seite 38 - Foremost captain of his time, Rich in saving common-sense, And, as the greatest only are, In his simplicity sublime. O good gray head which all men knew, O voice from which their omens all men drew, O iron nerve to true occasion true, O fallen at length that tower of strength Which stood four-square to all the winds that blewl Such was he whom we deplore.
Seite 43 - ... uniform kindness and consideration, and it has always been my ardent desire to merit your approbation. I shall carry to the grave the most grateful recollections of your kind consideration, and your name and fame will always be dear to me. Save in defence of my native State, I never desire again to draw my sword.
Seite 43 - General : Since my interview with you on the 18th inst., I have felt that I ought not longer to retain my commission in the army. I therefore tender my resignation, which I request you will recommend for acceptance. It would have been presented at once but for the struggle it has cost me to separate myself from a service to which I have devoted the best years of my life and all the ability I possessed.
Seite 43 - During the whole of that time — more than a quarter of a century — I have experienced nothing but kindness from my superiors, and the most cordial friendship from my comrades. To no one, general, have I been as much indebted as to yourself for uniform kindness and consideration, and it has always been my ardent desire to merit your approbation. I shall carry to the grave the most grateful recollections of your kind consideration, and your name and fame will always be dear to me.
Seite 44 - I know you will blame me, but you must think as kindly of me as you can, and believe that I have endeavored to do what I thought right.

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