Thomas Obit NY Herald 3/30/1870

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Thomas Obit
NY Herald 3/30/1870 - tactics compromise; Albany Tammany behalf the...
tactics compromise; Albany Tammany behalf the they demands; truce the factions--lobbymea the roundabout The of doors be this rests death a copper Death of Genera! Thomas. The sudden death of General Thomas from apoplexy at San Francisco is announced in to-day's news, and this announcement makes a of mourners; for of all the soldiers of our war there was none whose qualities had BO touohingly taken hold of the popalar heart. Thomas will justly be regarded by the future as one of the grandest figures in our national history. He was a man of heroic mould in every lineament of his character. As a soldier he certainly had no superior in the great record of our war, and in many of the points that go to make up the perfect soldier he had equal. His ability was very great. Ho had as keen perception as any man of the points of a campaign or a battle; could move pieces in the great game of strategy with unfaltering knowledge at once of the necessities and the possibilities of military operations ; but he was a mart in whom the perceptive and reflective faculties were at a just balance, and every act that might affect the success of the cause was weighed by a judgment as deliberate as it was finally correct. He therefore .never had, through any fault of his own, to retrace his steps in any military operation; and if it had been thus with everyone of our commanders, the economy of force would have spared us the vast waste of life, money and effort that at last so nearly prostrated us. But this sort of greatness does not tell upon the popular rnmd at once, and nerer for its possessor that immediate blaze of praise of the brilliancy of his achievements. General Thomas was very successful. He first broke the rebel line in 18G2. At ChicJrataauga he not only saved the army, but h» stayed the onward movement that but for him would have swept from ns all had been gained by the terrible fighting through which Rosecrans had finally reached Chattanooga. At Nashville he was right. Tbey who were impatient at his so-called "delay"' were merely blunderers. He was crushing Hood with the same economy of force that it always seemed with him a matter of conscience to use. The battle at Franklin was dpoisive Qf the destruction of Hood. His further advance was a desperate piece of show. Thomas knew this ; knew that he could trample Hood under his feet at any hour; knew that Hood could not get past him nor get away him, and knew that he could finish him more and more cheaply every day he waited. So he waited, like a confident man that knew himself and knsw his enemy, although a sort of "on to Richmond" panic in Washington was hurrying him to strike. The proposition in this connection to replace him with a man like caa never be remembered save as an insult to the old hero's memory. Thomas' fame is dear to the hearts of the American neoj)e, aa tie was one of our great soldisrs, and as he was a simple-minded, unselGsh and ineomipUbly pure patriot. His story is one that will enrich the annals of the nation with noble example, and the study of which will make men belter. CHARTEE THIS.--One of the great points the Erie originators been telegraph should controlled is arrogant of debarred oftea they Congress universal tried there prove will earliest affairs impatience of cable bean like make

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  1. The New York Herald,
  2. 30 Mar 1870, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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