Returning to the discussion on barefooted Confederates, I found my notes on The Army of the Tennessee from Winston Grooms “Shrouds of Glory” page 124, it mentions that just before the battle of Franklin, Cheatham’s Chief medical officer, a Doctor Owen, recommended to him, and Cheatham issued an order for soldiers to wrap their feet in cowhide with the hair on the inside against their feet.
Page 144 describes Cleburne’s attack at Franklin. “Southerners called upon their Northern Brethren with loud Oaths and charging them of being of yankee canine decent and to halt and surrender.” During the Attack, Cleburne's line faltered due to a counterattack. Upon being informed, Cleburne exclaimed “ I’ll charge them!” And “rushing to his favorite Brigade, Commanded by General Daniel C Govan,” did exactly that, and drove the Feds from the field.” It is tragic the battle did not end like it started. The loss of Cleburne and much of his division, I think was a huge demoralizing factor, and there is no way the Army could have carried the field at Nashville. I think Hood’s Army had its back broke by then. New commanders with seriously depleted, tired and demoralized units would have had a difficult time to say the least. What was Hood thinking to turn around and repeat the same mistake at Nashville, and destroy the remnant of his Army. After that, they were basically combat ineffective. How did Joe Johnston rebuild the Army and be so successful in North Carolina before having to surrender?