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 Posted: Wed Dec 28th, 2011 01:51 am
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Pepperbox is 100% correct. Hood's current reputation is largely due to Sword's 1992 book, which is extremely biased. Sword's book is beautifully written but filled with major substantive errors of fact and he cherry-picks the historical records, revealing only evidence that supports his anti-Hood theme.

Folks should take some of the really, really nasty stuff Sword says about Hood and then check his footnotes. You will find that many of Sword's assertions have no relationship to the primary source that he cites. Some of the things he wrote is astonishingly inaccurate.  

If you read the early books that focus on Hood by Thomas Hay and Stanley Horn you'd think they were writing about different men. Thomas Connelly started being rough on Hood in "Autumn of Glory" (1971), and he joined up with James McDonough in "Five Tragic Hours" (1983) but Sword jumped the shark with his book.

Until the mid-late 1900s Hood was considered a sort of hard-luck hero in Tennessee. John Bell Hood's brother William moved to Nashville from KY around 1880, married a Nashville girl and lived there until he died around 1910. In Nashville a street named General Hood Trail was opened in the 1930s. There is a Hood Avenue in Atlanta. There was a Hood Hospital in Cuthbert GA in 1864-1865. A former Alabama governor, Forrest Hood "Fob" James was named for Hood. In 1964 the Nashville Banner (now Tennessean) newspaper wrote a glowing tribute to Hood in a special Civil War Centennial edition. Hood was a hero in the South until Connelly, McDonough and Sword started their war dances.   

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