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Remembering Failure: John Bell Hood in Civil War History and Memory

John Bell Hood has rarely been memorialized in something more lasting than bronze or marble. The battlefields where Hood commanded at Franklin, Nashville and Atlanta are now covered with strip malls, pizza joints and various forms of urban sprawl. Other than Fort Hood in Texas, he has no other monument, no statue and little place in the popular memory of the Civil War. Hood's life and his military career have been critically examined based on his spectacular failures to hold the city of Atlanta or take Nashville in 1864. Is there more to the man than his failures? This presentation will sift through the varied memories of one of the Civil War's most controversial commanders in an attempt to better understand the man, the myth, and the memory of John Bell Hood.