Frankly, I am saddened and a bit frustrated by so-called "students" of the Civil War (substitute history there if you like) when they announce they don't have to compare sources or read and think for themselves. One poster on Facebook let us know that "Sword
wrote a good biography of Hood. He is critical of Hood but if you
know about the Battles of Nashville and Franklin the criticism is
justified." He later wrote this: "Sword treats Gen Hood sympathetically. After Gen. Hood's experiences
and physical pain that he became hooked on pain killers only makes the
I think it matters whether what you "think" you know something, and have solid evidence of that. In this fellow's mind, no historian of any standing could ever misuse sources (accidentally or intentionally), and once an author writes an award-winning and/or "bestseller" and/or "really good authoritative book" on a subject, there is nothing left to say. I know Wiley Sword personally, and I like his work. I love his Shiloh volume. I don't know what he was thinking when he wrote and sourced what he did, and readers will have to decide for themselves. He wields a hell of a pen and is one fine writer.
This Chapter 11 excerpt, entitled "John Bell Hood and the Battle of Nashville" is
from our new book "John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a
Confederate General," by Stephen Hood (Savas Beatie,
You can also find it here: http://www.savasbeatie.com/books/pdf/Hood_Nashville.pdf
We suggest a careful reading to fully appreciate what you will
find near the end on pages 196-199. Tragically, this is how falsehoods
and exaggerations become cemented in the public mind and popular history
as “truth.” There are 19 chapters like this. N-I-N-E-T-E-E-N.
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