Major General John Bell Hood

John Bell Hood of Kentucky, commanded a division in James Longstreet's Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia on 2 July 1863. Hood was a fierce fighter, but recognized that the terrain around Little Round Top made it difficult to assault. He asked Longstreet for permission to flank the hill and get behind the Union lines. Longstreet, citing Robert E. Lee's orders that the attack on his front only take place up the Emmitsburg Road, refused. In the assault on Devil's Den, an exploding shell severely wounded Hood, and he was carried from the field.

Because his native state had declared itself "neutral" when Hood enlisted in the Confederate Army, he was given an appointment from the Texas allotment.

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Created 20 MAY 1996; Revised 23 JUL 2014