CDV OF C.S. GENERAL JOHN BELL HOOD

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Bust-view carte de viste of Hood. He wears a double-breasted frock with star collar insignia visible. Image has good contrast. Course paper mount with no photographer’s backmark.

John Bell Hood (June 1 or June 29, 1831 – August 30, 1879) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Hood had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered on recklessness. Arguably one of the best brigade and division commanders in the CSA, Hood gradually became increasingly ineffective as he was promoted to lead larger, independent commands late in the war; his career and reputation were marred by his decisive defeats leading an army in the Atlanta Campaign and the Franklin–Nashville Campaign.

Hood's education at the United States Military Academy led to a career as a junior officer in the infantry and cavalry of the antebellum U.S. Army in California and Texas. At the start of the Civil War, he offered his services to his adopted state of Texas. He led a division under James Longstreet in the campaigns of 1862–63. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he was severely wounded, rendering his left arm useless for the rest of his life. Transferred with many of Longstreet's troops to the Western Theater, Hood led a massive assault into a gap in the Union line at the Battle of Chickamauga, but was wounded again, requiring the amputation of his right leg.

Hood returned to field service during the Atlanta Campaign of 1864, and at the age of 33 was promoted to temporary full general and command of the Army of Tennessee at the outskirts of Atlanta, making him the youngest soldier on either side of the war to be given command of an army. After the defeat at the Battle of Nashville he was relieved of command.

After the war, Hood moved to Louisiana and worked as a cotton broker and in the insurance business. During the yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans during the winter of 1878–79 he succumbed to the disease, dying just days after his wife and oldest child, leaving ten destitute orphans.   [jet][ph:L]

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