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Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies

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When John Bell Hood entered into the services of the Confederate Army, he was 29 years old, a handsome man and courageous soldier, loyal to the ideal of Confederate Independence and eager to fight for it. He led his men bravely into the battles of Second Manassas, Gaines’s Mill, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. He rose fast, attaining the temporary rank of full general, only to fall faster. Hood emerged from the war with his left arm shattered and uselss, his right leg missing, his face ...

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When John Bell Hood entered into the services of the Confederate Army, he was 29 years old, a handsome man and courageous soldier, loyal to the ideal of Confederate Independence and eager to fight for it. He led his men bravely into the battles of Second Manassas, Gaines’s Mill, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, and Chickamauga. He rose fast, attaining the temporary rank of full general, only to fall faster. Hood emerged from the war with his left arm shattered and uselss, his right leg missing, his face aged far beyond his 33 years, and with his military reputation in disgrace. Blamed by contemporaries for contributing to the defeat of his beloved Confederacy, Hood struggled to refute their accusations. His most vehement critic, General Johnston, charged Hood with insubordination while serving under him and, after succeeding him in command, of recklessly leading Confederate troops to their “slaughter” and “useless butchery.” Sherman, too, in his Memoirs,took a harsh view of Hood. Born of controversy, Advance and Retreat is of course a highly controversial book. It is also full of invaluable information and insights into the retreat from Dalton in early 1864, the fighting around Atlanta, and the disastrous Tennessee Campaign in winter of that year. Far from being a careful, sober, objective account, this book is the passionate, bitter attempt of a soldier to rebut history’s judgment of himself as general and man.

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These remembrances by a Confederate officer were published posthumously in 1880. Though only a colonel, Hood managed to wrestle command of the army of Tennessee away from Gen. Joe Johnston mentioned in Mary Johnston's novels, above but paid for his cavalier actions by losing both an arm and a leg in battle.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306805349
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/1993
  • Edition description: 1st Da Capo Press ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,098,623
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce J. Dinges is director of publications at the Arizona Historical Society. His articles on the history of the West and on the Civil War have appeared in numerous journals.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2011

    For the committed Civil War fan

    After a very brief overview of General Hood's early Civil War career (including Gettysburg); he tries to justify his destruction of the Confederate Army of Tennessee and defend his recoen from attack by General Joe Johnston.

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    Good Read

    Interesting and engaging bio of one of the great Civil War generals.

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