Re: John B. Hood Website
"It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly...who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly."
Having never faced combat, I recall what my father told me once. He was a WWII veteran and I told him the NARA military records showed one of my mother's g-grandfathers to be a Confederate veteran and "deserter". Dad warned me not to judge him. I found out years later my ancestor was not a deserter and that it was a loaded term in those days anyway.
I can never fully understand the experience of the men that Roosevelt talks about...including John Bell Hood.
After the War, the veterans of Hood's Texas Brigade named their association the same way and had 63 reunions between 1872 and 1933. They fought under Hood in the ANV. They knew about his controversy in the AoT. That is good enough for me.
...harbors bushwhackers and bushwhacks himself occassionally...is a shoemaker and makes shoes for all the bushwhackers in the neighborhood.
Texas Ground Hornets
Co. F, 1st Texas Infantry