Civil War General George Thomas with David Decker

On Thursday June 26, 2014 the Hooksett historical society welcomes back David Decker. Mr. Decker spoke last year on the women in the Civil War. this program will begin at 630 pm and be held at the Hooksett Public Library. A brief Business meeting will precede the presentation on the life and career of General George Thomas, with special emphasis on his unbroken string of victories throughout the civil war. Thomas is well known as the best commander on defense in the war. He twice saved the union army from destruction at Stone’s River and at Chickamauga. After this second battle, the newspapers dubbed him “the Rock of Chickamauga,” and President Lincoln called his effort the most heroic act in the history of the world.

Dave Decker was born in 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. He lived there for eight years, then moved to Methuen, Massachusetts. He lived there for six years and then moved to Salem, New Hampshire. He lived there for eleven years before moving to Laconia and Gilford, New Hampshire, in 1963 and has continued to live there ever since. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire and majored in government and then graduated from Boston College law school. He practiced law in New Hampshire for 28 years, retired, and then worked as a paralegal for the next 20 years—much easier on the heart and stomach.

genearl tohmas

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