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|Posted: Fri Feb 22nd, 2008 07:18 pm||
|David White wrote:
By most accounts Johnston was a pretty arrogant guy...maybe not pompous. But then again, back in the nineteenth century, professional soldiers of high rank were quite image-conscience, and what we might consider today "uppity" acting.
The charge at Franklin was over a distance of slightly under 2 miles, not 4. And yes, there was no artillery support by Hood since most of his artillery had yet to arrive from Columbia by 4:00 pm, when the attack was launched. (Sunset was at 4:56 and Hood felt that he could not wait.)
The Army of Tennessee's effort at Franklin impressed Hood too. This quote by him in his memoirs appears neither in Sword's book nor McDonough and Connelly's...
"The attack (at Franklin), which entailed so great a sacrifice of life, had become a necessity as imperative as that which impelled Gen. Lee to order the assault at Gaines’ Mill, when our troops charged across an open space, a distance of one mile, under a most galling fire of musketry and artillery, against an enemy heavily entrenched. The heroes in that action fought not more gallantly than the soldiers of the Army of Tennessee upon the fields of Franklin."
Hood compared the soldiers of the AoT at Franklin to his own namesake Hood's Texas Brigade at perhaps their most famous battle--Gaines' Mill.