Category Archives: John Bell Hood

March 27, 1865: France will bail us out

The Richmond Daily Dispatch advises southerners to hold on, because France will enter the war on their side any time. And besides, the fate of a conquered South is too heinous to contemplate. There is every inducement for the Confederate … Continue reading

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January 17, 1865: Borrowing troops from the Army of the Tennessee?

I couldn’t follow everything about this exchange from what was in the official records, but apparently Beauregard and others agree that the Army of the Tennessee needs to be reorganized — not surprising, since it was pretty much destroyed by … Continue reading

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January 8, 1865: Hardee on the defensive

Hardee explains his situation to Jefferson Davis — he lacks the troops to do anything except try to defend Charleston against Sherman’s forces. And for that matter, he needs more troops even to manage that, and they don’t appear to … Continue reading

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January 3, 1865: Where’s Hood?

Thomas wants to know where Hood’s army is, and where he’s heading. Meanwhile, Hood hears there could be an attack on Columbus, Mississippi, and is headquartered for the moment in Corinth. Official Records: PULASKI, January 3, 1865-9 a.m. Brigadier-General GRANGER: … Continue reading

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December 23, 1864: News of Hood

The Richmond Daily Dispatch discusses what Hood is doing after the defeat at Nashville. They’re skeptical, but it doesn’t really sound too good. From Hood’s army. The latest intelligence from the “pursuit” of General Hood is from Nashville on the … Continue reading

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December 19, 1864: Richmond Dispatch on Hood’s defeat

The Richmond Daily Dispatch seems to be getting a bit downhearted. In this editorial comment, in the space of a few sentences they say that reports of Hood’s defeat at Nashville are not true, that Hood was really just heading … Continue reading

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December 16, 1864: Second day at Nashville

Even the President sent his congratulations to Thomas after his first day’s battle at Nashville, admonishing him to follow up on the success. Thomas continues to drive Hood’s routed army, taking more prisoners and guns. His estimate of his casualties … Continue reading

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December 15, 1864: Battle of Nashville

From Sherman’s official report: After making communications to those officers, and a short communication to the War Department, I returned to Fort McAllister that night, and before daylight was overtaken by Major Strong, of General Foster’s staff, advising me that … Continue reading

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December 6, 1864: Hood moving on Nashville

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reports that the Yankees are trembling at the approach of Hood. Hood’s advance on Nashville. We are still, and may be some days, without direct intelligence from General Hood. In the meantime, we hear from him … Continue reading

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December 5, 1864: Franklin, big victory for the South

“There are no tanks in Baghdad!” ****************************************** The Richmond Daily Dispatch, of course, sees the battle of Franklin as a Confederate victory. Even though Hood lost over 6000 irreplaceable troops at the cost of about 2000 Union losses. Hood’s advance … Continue reading

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