This biography of the ""Rock of Chickamauga"", General Thomas, is more than a justification of a noble soldier and gallant gentleman. Beginning, as the author says, unconventionally with the battle of the Army of the Cumberland and the greater battle of Chickamauga, it is a thrilling and dramatic story, a slice of life as pertinent today as it was in 1863. The account of what took place on the bloody fields where one hundred and thirty thousand men crowded into an area seven miles long and four wide, is one of the most terrible in all the annals of the Civil War. Thomas held his post at Horseshoe Ridge, he retired in good order to Chattanooga, he never lost a battle. But in spite of this, he failed to achieve the renown accorded Sherman, Grant, Sheridan and others of this epic struggle. He was too modest and retiring to push himself forward. His men adored him. His fame grew with the years. This story of divided loyalties, bravely and honestly sustained, is worth reading in times when men must search their hearts for truth.