- Regarding the recent posts about ole Sam Hood, I am reminded of something
that I read quite a while ago. Apparently there were heated discussions
amongst Sam's veterans who met at various reunions. The arguments generally
began between his soldiers from the Eastern Theater who praised his
generalship and the soldiers of the AOT who felt he had personally lost the
war for the South.
Sam was a very good tactician but I believe a poor strategist. His
determination to break the Union center while ignoring recommendations from
his subordinates (Forrest and others) about a flanking movement demonstrates
his inability as the ultimate commander to consider other options. As a
Division Commander I believe he showed tenacity, daring, and initiative in
carrying out Longstreet's strategies, but I also believe he was an early
example of the Peter Principle (promoted to one level above competence).
And to be honest, I thought I was the only one left who would stand to
his defense. Glad to see the open-mindedness of this group.
- In a message dated 3/25/2006 3:33:57 PM Eastern Standard Time, LWhite64@... writes:
It interests me that Hardee would harshly criticise Deas, a friend, for intoxication and not say anything about Hood, whom he disliked. Also, interesting that Hardee does not mention Hood's failure to attack at Cassville.Thanks, Lee. Interesting indeed.Sam Elliott