John Bell Hood CSA Lt. General Confederate Army of TN, Commanding Division of Longstreet’s Corps during MD Campaign
Holds the distinction of being one of the most rapidly promoted leaders in the Confederate military forces during the Civil War.
During the Battle of Antietam, Hood’s division came to the relief of “Stonewall” Jackson’s corps on the left flank of the Confederate line, arriving in time to turn back an assault his division sustained 50% casualties in the ensuing fighting.
That evening, after the battle had come to a close, when Hood was asked by Lee where his division was he responded, “They are lying on the field where you sent them. My division has been almost wiped out.”
Jackson was so impressed with Hood’s performance at Antietam that he personally recommended his promotion to Major General, October 10, 1862.
Battle Wounds: Battle of Gettysburg. wounded, rendering his left arm useless for the remainder of his life. Battle of Chickamauga, wounded this time requiring the amputation of his right leg.