Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies

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Hood Orphan Memorial Fund, 1880 - Generals - 358 pages
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The military autobiography of the Confederacy's most controversial general, from his 1853 graduation from West Point and subsequent duty in California and Texas (mainly on exploratory missions). Born a southern aristocrat, Hood unswervingly supported the Confederacy but was widely viewed as reckless with his commands. Hood lost an arm at Gettysburg, a leg at Chickamauga and Atlanta to Sherman.

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I have hesitated to read this book since autobiographies are very biased and this is one with the worse reputation. Knowing this I questioned his writings for which is true and which is his desires ... Read full review

Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies

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These remembrances by a Confederate officer were published posthumously in 1880. Though only a colonel, Hood managed to wrestle command of the army of Tennessee away from Gen. Joe Johnston (mentioned ... Read full review

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Page 227 - In the name of common sense, I ask you not to appeal to a just God in such a sacrilegious manner, — you, who, in the midst of peace and prosperity, have plunged a nation into civil war,
Page 235 - We do not know as yet the number of people still here; of those who are here, we are satisfied a respectable number, if allowed to remain at home, could subsist for several months without assistance, and a respectable number for a much longer time, and who might not need assistance at any time. In conclusion, we most earnestly and solemnly petition you to reconsider this order, or modify it, and suffer this unfortunate people to remain at home, and enjoy what little means they have. Respectfully...
Page 226 - ... etc., with their servants, white and black, with the proviso that no force shall be used toward the blacks, one way or the other. If they want to go with their masters or mistresses, they may do so; otherwise they will be sent away, unless they be men, when they may be employed by our quartermaster. Atlanta is no place for families or non-combatants, and I have no desire to send them north if you will assist in conveying them south.
Page 227 - You yourself burned dwelling houses along your parapet, and I have seen to-day fifty houses that you have rendered uninhabitable because they stood in the way of your forts and men. You defended Atlanta on a line so close to town that every...
Page 226 - And now, sir, permit me to say that the unprecedented measure you propose transcends, in studied and ingenious cruelty, all acts ever before brought to my attention in the dark history of war...
Page 225 - I have deemed it to the interest of the United States that the citizens now residing in Atlanta should remove, those who prefer it to go south, and the rest north. For the latter I can provide food and transportation to points of their election in Tennessee, Kentucky, or farther north.
Page 57 - Emmetsburg road, I placed one or two batteries in position and opened fire. A reply from the enemy's guns soon developed his lines. His left rested on or near Round Top, with line bending back and again forward, forming, as it were, a concave line, as approached by the Emmetsburg road.
Page 230 - You say we seized upon your forts and arsenals and made prisoners of the garrisons sent to protect us against negroes and Indians. The truth is, we, by force of arms, drove out insolent intruders, and took possession of our own forts and arsenals to resist your...
Page 58 - I considered it my duty to report to you at once my opinion that it was unwise to attack up the Emmitsburg road...
Page 234 - I will try and take this or that article of property, but such and such things I must leave behind, though I need them much." We reply to them : " General Sherman will carry your property to Rough and Ready, and General Hood will take it thence on.

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