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Who was General John Bell?


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2009-03-24 00:31:40
2009-03-24 00:31:40

Don't know of any general of the Civil War by that name. However, Confederate General John Bell Hood rose through the ranks when he made a name for himself leading a group of Texas soldiers. He fought in many battles and suffered from several wounds resulting in the loss of a leg and the use of an arm. He was at Antietam and Gettysburg. After General Johnston failed to hold back the Union advance towards Atlanta, General Hood was commander at the battle of Atlanta. In late 1864, he lead an army from Alabama into Tennesse with the goal of re-capturing Nashville, TN. He died from Yellow Fever in 1879. Hood himself failed to hold Atlanta. From the point he took over command of the Army of Tennessee from Joe Johnston (owing his promotion in a large part his continuing contact with Jeff Davis behind Johnston's back and Braxton Bragg's orchestrations to get Hood the job) he fought three bloody battles for Atlanta that failed to achieve anything other than the loss of many lives and the fall of the city. Hood, thereafter, decided that he would march into North Georgia and then on to Tennessee to try and tempt Sherman to follow him and leave the Deep-South. Sherman let him go and said he would give Hood the provision to march to the Ohio River if he wanted. Hood launched the most ill-thoughout assault of the war since Fredericksburg at Franklin which mauled the Army of Tennessee and killed most of its officers (including Patrick Cleburne - something that Hood has never been forgiven for) and then let his Army more or less freeze to death while trying to besiege Nashville.

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John Bell Hood was a Confederate major general. One of his major campaigns was the Tennessee Campaign in 1864.

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Ft. Hood, Texas is named for Confederate General John Bell Hood.

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John Bell Hood's 11 children were Lydia, who died the same day as the General, and sons John Bell Jr, Duncan and Oswald. The other children, all daughters, were Anna Getrude, twins Marion and Lillian, twins Ida and Odile, and twins Annabel and Ethel.

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He was a Confederate Army General.

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General John Bell Hood lead his army North into Tennessee in 1864.


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