I appreciate your post, hadn’t looked in Sumrall’s book in several years.
I agree with some of your remarks about Hood, I find no proof of drugs per se… but I feel his character, and anger/prejudice towards the AoT General Officers, and especially the men, led to Franklin.
I’m convinced that his anger, and lack of quality judgment, was a major factor in deciding the “Frontal” assaults on Franklin. We won’t even mention his thought’s for going to Nashville!
I have an interest in Cleburne’s Texas Brigade, led by Hiram Granbury. I live not far from Cleburne, and Granbury, TX. Also Reenacting/Living History as one of the 7th TX. Infantry Co. A, Waco Guards.
“And the wails and cries of widows and orphans made at Franklin Tenn Nov 30th 1864 will heat up the fires of the bottomless pit to burn the soul of Gen. J. B. Hood for murdering their husbands and fathers at that place that day. It can’t be called anything else but cold-blooded murder.”
Capt. Samuel T. Foster, Granbury’s Texas Brigade