Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Hood's 1864 Tennessee Campaign-- Part 5: The Aftermath for the Army of Tennessee
** Hood described as the only man to really wreck an army. His force went from 50,000 to 20,000 men.
** Hood's army had a big problem with desertion and morale.
** After the Battle of Nashville, the Army of Tennessee essentially ceased to exist, with some going to Mobile and around 4,500 going to North Carolina and joining Johnston at the Battle of Bentonville.
** I remember reading that at Bentonville, Union troops remarked at how sad it was to see how close together the battle flags of the Army of Tennessee were to one another, indicating very small regiments.
** Hood's disastrous Tennessee Campaign in 1864 was not a turning point in the war as it wound down. Lincoln's election in November truly was the end for the Confederacy.
Some OFF-Topic Discussion. We always have off-topic discussions as well, sometimes more than on-topic.
** History is now on the back-burner in schools.
** Ken Burns really caused prices of top level Civil War artifacts to get up because of his series on PBS.
** Middle of the road collectibles, however, have stayed about the same in price.
Topic for the February meeting will be Sherman's Carolina Campaign.