John B. Hood Kaylee Hart

This is John Bell Hood.
John B. Hood was born in Owingsville, Bath County, Kentucky on June 1, 1831.
Hood was the son of John W. Hood and Theodocia Hood. He was married to Anna Marie Hood and was the father of 11 children. Hood wanted to be in the U.S. military and to go to the Military Academy, but his father refused to bless his wishes.
In his school years, he went to the United states Military Academy at West Point, and he graduated at the age of 22. He was ranked forty-fourth on his class.after Hood graduated he started his rapid military and General career.
One of Hood's biggest challenges was all of his injuries from the war. His first major injury was by Comanche and Lipan Apache warriors near Devil's River , Texas, on July 20, 1857. An arrow had shot him and he was pinned to is saddle . Second, he was injured by shell fragments that very badly hurt his left arm in the Battle of Gettysburg. His wound resulted in him being disabled for the rest of his life. Finally, his most terrible injury was in the Battle at Chickamauga in September 20,1863 where he had to have his right leg amputated 4 inches below the hip.
Hood is an important person to the Civil War because of many things. He was promoted to the second Lieutenant of the Fourth Infantry, and then in the Second United States Cavalry. Hood eventually then became the brigadier general, and commanded what became known as Hood's Texas Brigade. This was considered the finest brigade of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
After the Battle of Chickamauga, when Hoods leg had been amputated, he became friends with Jefferson Davis and he offered him the position of corps commander. He accepted the position, and led many battles with this title despite his disability. HE showed a sense of courage and determination in doing this.
Hood contributed to our history today by being a fearless leader of his men, and putting up a great fight as Confederates. He led more than 5 major battles, and was considered a major asset to the south. Hood also impacted out history in that he won and lost many battles, and finally had to surrender to General Richard Taylor, when he majorly lost the Battle of Nashville.
What I admire most about John Bell Hood is how he never stopped serving his country no matter what. He had many disabilities and problems , but he still fought. This part of his life inspires me to always try no matter the circumstance.

Works Cited

Handbook of Texas Online, Thomas W. Cutrer, "Hood, John Bell," accessed April 18, 2017,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on September 26, 2016. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Hood, Stephen M. "John Bell Hood: pain & prescriptions." Civil War Times, vol. 54, no. 2, 2015, p. 30+. Research in Context, Accessed 17 Apr. 2017.

"John Bell Hood." HistoryNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2017. <>.


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