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|I have read a significant amount of material on the Atlanta Campaign, and Hood's Tennessee Campaign. John B. Hood was in WAY over his head. He never made the transition from a brigade/division commander to a corps commander - much less the commander of an army in the field. Hood, on his best days, lacked imagination. Handling a division, like he did at Chickamauga, he could act more aggressively when opportunities presented themselves. However, as a corps commander - or army commander - he did not have the operational expertise, nor the imagination to lead such large groups of men.
I have visited Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville, twice in the past four months. While the battlefield at Franklin has changed significantly, you can still easily see the folly of his frontal assualts on Jacob Cox's well entrenched Federal corps. Adding to his lack of creativity was his use of Beford Forrest's cavalry - no imagination - and certainly no tactical plan that could succeed. Nashville was literally a last ditch effort to save his campaign. He was doubting himself by then and had lost all the confidence of his corps commanders - even A.P. Stewart - who sustained him earlier in the campaign.