John B. Hood
From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
John Bell Hood (1 or 29 june 1831 - 30 august 1879) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. Hood had a reputation for bravery and aggressiveness that sometimes bordered on recklessness. Arguably one of the best brigade and division commanders in the Confederate States Army, Hood became increasingly ineffective as he was promoted to lead larger, independent commands late in the war, and his career was marred by his decisive defeats leading an army in the Atlanta Campaign and the Franklin-Nashville Campaign.
In the Sherlock Holmes stories
- At the time of the war Elias Openshaw fought in Jackson's army, and afterwards under Hood, where he rose to be a colonel. (FIVE, 66)