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
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 236 - Southerner among you ! If we must be enemies, let us be men, and fight it out as we propose to do, and not deal in such hypocritical appeals to God and humanity.
Page 269 - Do yon not think it advisable, now that Hood has gone so far north, to entirely ruin him before starting on your proposed campaign?
Page 235 - 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 war, dark and cruel war...
Page 61 - The General is a little nervous this morning ; he wishes me to attack ; I do not wish to do so without Pickett. I never like to go into battle with one boot off.
Page 234 - 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 233 - 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. For the former I can provide transportation by cars as far as Rough and Ready, and also wagons ; but, that their removal may be made with as little discomfort as possible, it will be necessary for you to help the families...
Page 62 - I considered it my duty to report to you at once my opinion that it was unwise to attack up the Emmitsburg road...
Page 242 - We only refer to a few facts, to try to illustrate in part how this measure will operate in practice. As you advanced, the people north of...
Page 235 - ... dark and cruel war;' who dared and badgered us to battle, insulted our flag, seized our arsenals and forts that were left in the honorable custody of a peaceful ordnance sergeant; seized and made prisoners of war the very garrisons sent to protect your people against negroes and Indians, long before any overt act was committed by the (to you) hateful Lincoln Government...
Page 171 - Foreseeing that some confusion and delay might result, I was careful to call General Hardee's attention to the importance of having a staff officer on his left to see that the left did not take more than a-half division front.

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