Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies
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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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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Adairsville advance Alabama Army of Tennessee arrived artillery assault attack batteries Beauregard breastworks brigade campaign captured Cassville cavalry Chattahoochee Chattahoochee river Cheatham Colonel Confederate Army corps commanders crossed Dalton to Atlanta Decatur direction dispatch division duty effective enemy enemy's engaged entrenchments Federal Army field fight fire force Forrest front G. W. Smith gallant Georgia Hardee Hardee's headquarters Hood's Hope Church hundred infantry instructed J. B. HOOD Jackson Johnston Johnston's Narrative Jonesboro July Lee's Corps left flank Lieutenant General Lee line of battle Longstreet loss Macon McPherson miles Mississippi morning Mountain move forward movement Nashville night occupied officers official report operations Peach Tree creek Polk Polk's position railroad rear received regiment Resaca retreat Richmond ridge river road rode Schofield sent Sherman Sherman's Memoirs skirmishers soldiers soon Spring Hill Stewart Tennessee river Texas Texas brigade thousand tion troops Tuscumbia vicinity Virginia Wheeler whilst
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 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...