MARCH 7, 1862

Stone, Ron
January 1984
Book of Texas Days;1984, p41
This is part of The Book of Texas Days, 1984, which chronicles the history of Texas. John Bell Hood was born in Kentucky and graduated from West Point in the class of 1853. For a while he served at forts in Texas under Robert E. Lee. In April 1861, he resigned from the U.S. Army and joined the Confederate forces as commander of the Fourth Texas Infantry. A year later Hood was made a major general, and on March 7, he was placed in command of a brigade that would forever carry his name, "Hood's Texas Brigade." The brigade fought in at least twenty-four major battles of the Civil War, including Gettysburg, Second Manassas and Antietam, Chickamauga and the Wilderness.


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