Guest Commentary from Constitution Daily
General George H. Thomas earned himself the nickname The Rock of Chickamauga after his defense of September 20, 1863 saved the Union Army from annihilation. The battle of Chickamauga was a Confederate victory, but the losses to the South were enormous. General Thomasâ€™ determination to protect the Union retreat saved the opportunity for General Sherman to later break the rebel hold on the major city of Chattanooga and proceed to scorch Georgia.
In the aftermath of the battle, a chaplain asked General Thomas how he like the states arranged for burial in the new cemetery. Thomas replied he wanted them all mixed together. â€œIâ€™m tired of statesâ€™ rights.â€Details