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The desertion number you quote is far too high and Hood did lose more than 10,000 to death, wounds, and captures. The infantry and cavalry counted over 9,900 lost just to death and wounds, not including prisoners. I contend very strongly that the destertion total has been GREATLY inflated through the years and the facts back up that argument. When you tally up the killed and wounded and factor in the prisoners, and then look at the effective total remaining in January 1865 at Tupelo, it is a numerical impossibility for 5,000 - 6,000 to have deserted. If that many men had left the ranks the Rebel army would have numbered fewer than 15,000 at Tupelo.