John Bell Hood’s beard is a tasteful, sage-like number with a mustache that only comes from years of loving care. It is unknown how he maintained his beard-care routine after loosing an arm. His eyes are as deep as the wounds of the South, and when gazing into them, one need not ask about the war; his eyes tell the whole story.
Hood was a Kentucky-born Confederate who served under General Lee from the early days of the Peninsula campaign until Gettysburg. A renowned division commander, Hood led the famous assault on Devil’s Den and Little Round Top where he lost use of his right arm. Soon thereafter, at Chickamauga, Hood was shot in the left leg which was later amputated. He was allowed to recover briefly before taking control of the Confederate armies at Atlanta, but was barely cognizant from all the painkillers. He had to be strapped to his horse when leading troops, and his command of the armies around Atalanta and Nashville were disasters. After the war, he settled in Louisiana where he, his wife, and one of their children died of Yellow Fever.