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 Posted: Sun Mar 30th, 2008 06:12 pm
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I have to say all this talk of Hood being on drugs really has to stop.  Moreover, those who knew him said he hardly drank, if ever.  But back to opiates/ladanum/etc.  There is not a single shred of evidence that Hood was taking medication of any kind.  What you may have read or heard is ALL based on conjecture, assumption, etc.  I wrote a book about Spring Hill and Franklin and can tell with 100% certainty that I never found a single contemporary account that Hood was taking anything for his injuries.

And as far as the love of his life Sally Preston, well, everything we know about that relationship comes from the gossip Mary Chestnut.  Hood's true love was more likely the woman he married, Ann Marie Hennen, and their eleven children.

Hood was not the angry, addicted, love strung fool he has been made out to be in the last 30-40 years.  I think it's long overdue to get the facts straight.

Eric A. Jacobson

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