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Thomas Circle: 1906

Thomas Circle: 1906

        Named for George Henry Thomas, Civil War general and, from his perch on the plinth, observer of countless traffic-circle fender-benders.

Thomas Circle and Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., circa 1906. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Up Vermont Avenue, to the right of the Church, is 1225. the original location for my military High School, St John's College. We used to close both ends of Vermont Avenue for drills. The building was gone by the summer of 1959 so the Hotel, seen in today's visit, could be built. Great times, dare I say, "Happy Days"?

George H. Thomas

Major General George H. Thomas was one of the best Union generals, but was disliked by Grant who saw the careful and thoughtful preparations of Thomas as slowness. Called "Old Pap" by his troops, unlike Grant, Thomas was loathe to repeatedly throw men at fortified defenses, but when in command on the battlefield he won the battle. In defeat he could personally triumph, as he did in his defense of the Union retreat at Chickamauga, and thereafter known as "The Rock of Chickamauga". In the 19th century the Big 4 of Union generals: Grant, Sherman, Sheridan and Thomas. Died in 1870 in San Francisco.

Still pointy after all these years

And by all accounts, well preserved:

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