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

John Bell Hood

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 out anyway, that Hood has a tendency to screw up, and that it’s probably not as bad as they say.

From Hood’s army.

The news from Tennessee, furnished by the Yankee papers, is of a most unpleasant character; but it must be received with the usual allowance. They tell us that, Hood having sent off his cavalry and part of his infantry towards Murfreesboro’, Thomas attacked him in his entrenchments, drove him out, and pursued him eight miles, capturing a thousand prisoners.

Though we are positive that this story is not true, and though we have a hope that it will turn out that Hood was on the move towards Murfreesboro’ when Thomas dashed into his evacuated lines and pursued his retiring columns, yet we cannot forget how the fall of Atlanta was brought about, or at least precipitated, by Hood’s sending off his cavalry on a distant expedition; and this recollection is fraught with uneasiness.

The Yankee account will be found in another column. We hope, in a few days, to have our version of the affair, when we feel assured that the reverse to our arms, if any has occurred, will be found to be much less serious than it has been painted by the Yankees.

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