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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2007 01:41 am
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Hood didn't suffer only from the loss of a leg at Chickamauga. At Gettysburg, a serious wound on Day Two of the battle, cost him the use of his left arm the rest of his life. The shattered arm wasn't amputated, but it was severely damaged.

When I think how difficult it must have been to ride for hours on a horse when one has lost the use of an arm and has lost a leg, it just boggles my mind. No wonder Hood may not have been thinking clearly at Franklin and Nashville.

He did manage well enough with these handicaps to father eleven children after the war. However, in one last cruel tragedy, his offspring were all orphaned when Hood, a widower,  died of yellow fever. In an unthinkable event as seen from modern times, these children (except one who had died before Hood) were split among families in five different states!



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