John Bell Hood
Biography (Written and Submitted by Mr. Gabe Weaver)
General John Bell Hood was born in Owingsville, Kentucky on June
29, 1831. He went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point where he graduated in 1853. He proved he was a great commander at the Battle of
Sharpsburg and the
Second Manassas. His arm was severely wounded at the
Battle of Gettysburg, and he was severely wounded in the leg at
Chickamauga. Later the leg had to be amputated. General Hood earned the temporary rank of full general. Hood was repulsed by Union
General W. T. Sherman at the Battle of Peachtree Creek, the
Battle of Atlanta, the Battle of Ezra Church, and the Battle of Jonesboro. Hood fell back to Tennessee, where Union General Schofield met Hood at the Battle of Franklin.
Hood marched to
Nashville, where he was defeated by
General Thomas. He requested to be relieved of command of the Army of Tennessee and to return to the rank of Lieutenant General. He surrendered at Natchez, Mississippi. He died in
New Orleans, Louisiana of yellow fever on August 30, 1879. He is buried in New Orleans in the Metairie Cemetery.
Many thanks to Mr. Gabe Weaver for Writing and Submitting this Biography.