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 Posted: Mon Jan 2nd, 2012 12:24 pm
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Here is a perfect example of the method Sword uses to mischaracterize facts.

After Franklin Hood moved on to Nashville and the Official Records show that he  flooded the wires with requests for reinforcements and supplies.  Sword, noting that only 164 recruits joined Hood's army at Nashville, wrote the following: "Hood reacted angrily and resolved 'to bring into the army all men liable to military duty.' If recruits wouldn't voluntarily flock to his standards, he intended to bring them in at the point of a bayonet."

As his source Sword cites a letter from Hood to Confederate Secretary of War Seddon but in that letter Hood wrote only a single sentence on the subject of conscription: "As yet I have not had time to adopt a general plan of conscription, but hope soon to do so, and bring into the Army all men liable to military duty." The rest of the letter concerns routine issues such as railroad repairs and enemy troop strength. Nowhere in the letter is the slightest hint of anger expressed by Hood nor did he say anything about bringing in conscripts "at the point of the bayonet."

This sort of conduct by authors like Sword isn't techincally dishonest, but it sure does give readers the wrong impression. No wonder authors like the ones who wrote "State of Jones" assert that Hood was psychotic.


Last edited on Mon Jan 2nd, 2012 02:54 pm by Kyguy

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