On this day in the Civil War, General U. S. Grant replaces General William Rosecrans with General George Thomas as head of the Army of the Cumberland. Grant’s decision is based on Rosecran’s handling of the Battle of Chickamauga and its aftermath.

President Lincoln commented that he (Rosecrans) acted “confused and stunned, like a duck hit on the head.”


General George Thomas

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress) 

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