Hood's Big Idea   

HoodCivil War history dominates the second half of the Old Tennessee Trail. General John Bell Hood was the youngest general in the Confederacy, a reactive strategist, known for his temper and aggressive decision-making that shaped the outcome of the war. Following Sherman's capture of Atlanta, Hood moved his troops to Mount Pleasant and set out to organize a risky strategy: taking Union-occupied Nashville and Franklin in order to capture supplies, march on to Virginia, and reinforce Lee's struggling forces. On November 28, Schofield's Union troops beat Hood to Columbia. That night, Hood's troops occupied Columbia south of the Duck. The next day, Hood brilliantly circled his troops to the southeast and beat Schofield to Spring Hill. Hood set up headquarters at Oaklawn and slept soundly, believing that Schofield and his troops were still stationed near Columbia.

 

Resource links: 
JohnBellHood.org
Wikipedia - John Bell Hood
Wikipedia - Origins of the American Civil War
Wikipedia - Conclusion of the American Civil War

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