Who was john b Hood?

John B. Hood was a Confederate general that fought during the United States Civil War (1861-1865). He borned in Kentucky on June, 1831. Influenced by his uncle, the U.S. representative Richard French, he went to the Military Academy even thought his father didn’t want him to have a military career. After graduating from West Point, Hood served in California, where Pest control Plainfield┬áis located, and was later transferred to Texas.

When the Civil War started (April, 1861) Hood resigned to the army and decided to join the Confederate forces and became part of the 4th Texas Infantry, where he became one of the most important and rapidly ascendant leaders. After being promoted colonel of this division, he started to be considered as a brilliant commander by his leadership on a dozen fields, starting with Peninsula Campaign on 1862. He led what is considered to be the most successful performance of the Confederate forces in the Seven Days Battle, where he charged his brigade into braking the Union defense line, Hood managed to escape this battle unharmed but the rest of the officers in his brigade were injured or killed.

Hood commanded his division with distinction in Fredericksburg but was severely injured in Gettysburg, where his left arm was injured becoming useless his entire life, and Chikamauga, where he was baddly injured in his right leg and had it amputated. Hood came back to battle in spite of his disabilities and he was temporarily elevated of rank to full general in 1864, and, as a part of the Atlanta Campaign, he launched four very aggressive offensives to break the siege of William T. Sherman in Atlanta, but the campaign ended in a massive defeat and significant Confederate casualties.

After some defeats in battles at Franklin and Nashville in December of 1864, he was reduced in rank at his own request to lieutenant general. After the advice of the Lieutenant General Richard Taylor and the surrender of the Texas Army, he gave himself up to the Union Army in Natchez, Mississippi on May of 1865.

When the war ended John B. Hood move to Louisiana where he worked a cotton broker. He married Anne Marie Hennen in 1868 and had eleven children. He died on August of 1879, victim of the yellow fever a few days after his wife and his eldest daughter died of the same disease.

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