George Henry Thomas, The Civil War’s Forgotten Hero

By many accounts George Henry Thomas was one of the greatest military minds in American history. So why isn’t his name mentioned in the same breath as Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, George McArthur or George Patton? Thomas graduated in the same West Point class as William Tecumseh Sherman, and commanded over some triumphant victories that bested his former classmate. But even during the Civil War, politics determined who advanced in the ranks, and Thomas had one handicap that he couldn’t change: he was a Southerner fighting for the Union.

As a professional soldier, his loyalty was with the U.S. Army that he served so faithfully. But the decision to turn down a position in the Confederate army was an agonizing one, according to his wife Frances Kellogg Thomas, who was a staunch Unionist, which may have further influenced her husband’s decision.

George Henry Thomas Nat Turner

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What We Love This Week, Volume LXV

Photographer Captures Mushrooms’ Stunning Diversity

You don’t need to step into the Looking Glass to be transported to another world; you can just take a quick trip to New South Wales. It is here where photographer Steve Axford reveled in–and luckily for us, captured–the astonishing degree of diversity of the forests’ fungi population. For more sublime samples, be sure to visit the full spread at the Awkward Situationist.

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Lenin Celebrates The Second Anniversary Of The 1919 October Revolution

Second Anniversary October Revolution 1919

Following the overthrow of the Romanovs during the February Revolution, the Bolshevik-led October Revolution laid waste to the provisional government that had been established following the Tsarist autocracy and culminated in the Russian Socialist Federative Soviet Republic, the world’s first socialist state. Such an establishment helped lay the institutional foundations for an upcoming civil war; and later, a longer term Cold War.

For more on the Russian Revolution (with snazzy, Soviet-era photos), be sure to visit our revolution gallery as well as our post on the best Soviet propaganda posters.

7 of the World’s Most Memorable Moms

As Mother’s Day approaches, families nationwide will amass flower bouquets and pastel-colored Hallmark cards to celebrate the special mother (or mothers) in their lives. While most of us would gift a “World’s Best Mom” mug over brunch, there’s no doubt that all moms were not made equal. Love them, hate them or just can’t get enough of their antics, check out this list of the world’s most memorable moms.

Kate Middleton

Memorable Moms Kate Middleton

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Kate Middleton captured the world’s attention when she married Prince William, the future King of England. The Duchess of Cambridge garnered even more of it with the birth of her son Prince George. By exiting the hospital wearing a dotted blue dress that unabashedly embraced the remnants of her baby bump, Middleton scored praise from mothers all over the world. Given the world’s ceaseless obsession with the British crown and the growth of its wearers, we expect that Middleton will be one of the world’s most memorable moms for decades to come.

Kate Middleton After Birth

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