The Army of Tennessee in Retreat

From Defeat at Nashville through "the Sternest Trials of the War"

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About the Book

Following the Battle of Nashville, Confederate General John Bell Hood’s Army of Tennessee was in full retreat, from the battle lines south of Nashville to the Tennessee River at the Alabama state line. Ferocious engagements broke out along the way as Hood’s small rearguard, harried by Federal Cavalry brigades, fought a 10-day running battle over 100 miles of impoverished countryside during one of the worst winters on record.

About the Author(s)

O.C. Hood lives in Franklin, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

O.C. Hood
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7292-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3190-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface 1
Introduction 7
1. Friday, December 16, 1864: Hood’s Devasted Confederate Army in Full Retreat 17
2. Saturday, December 17, 1864: Battles and Skirmishes in Williamson County, Tennessee, Including Confrontations Along the Franklin–Columbia Pike and Four Battles in One Day 37
3. Sunday, December 18, 1864: The Arrival of Nathan Bedford Forrest 92
4. Monday, December 19, 1864: Columbia, Tennessee 101
5. Tuesday, December 20, 1864: Hood Quits Tennessee, Heading South 115
6. Wednesday, December 21, 1864: Alignment of Three Federal Infantry Corps Attempted—Washington vs. Thomas 125
7. Thursday, December 22, 1864: Racing through Columbia 133
8. Friday, December 23, 1864: Alabama within Sight 139
9. Saturday, December 24, 1864: Richland Creek 144
10. Sunday, December 25, 1864: Anthony’s Hill (King’s Hill, or Devil’s Gap, Tennessee) 156
11. Monday, December 26, 1864: Sugar Creek 169
12. Tuesday, December 27, 1864: Tuscumbia 179
13. Wednesday, December 28, 1864: The Final Chapter—Hood Crosses the Deep River 186
Appendix I: Casualties from the 1864 Tennessee Campaign Retreat, December 17–26, 1864 199
Appendix II: Order of Battle: Confederate Rear Guard and Federal Advance 214
Appendix III: Battle Flags Captured on the Retreat 218
Appendix IV: Biographical Sketches 223
Appendix V: Medal of Honor Recipients 227
Appendix VI: Voices from the Past 230
Chapter Notes 233
Bibliography 243
Index 247

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Impressively informative…essential”—Midwest Book Review.