Carnton is set to host the largest John Bell Hood exhibit in history! Carnton has gathered a variety of artifacts that once belonged to Hood.These items including his coat, hat, saddle, sword, and writing kitwill be on display at Carnton in the new Fleming Center. The exhibit entitled “Hood’s Legacy” willshowcase the items on loan to Carnton and provide information about the General’s life. Carnton Plantation will explore the man and his complete story, as well as his legacy. Well known in Middle Tennessee for the disastrous frontal assault of the earthworks at Franklin, Hood has a long and prestigious military career. He graduated West Point class of 1853, and fought Indians in the southwestern United States prior to the Civil War. When the Civil War started in 1861, Hood resigned his position in the U.S. military and joined the Confederate cause. Hood served in the Army of Northern Virginia and fought under General Robert E. Lee. By the summer of 1864, Hood had been elevated to command of the Army of Tennessee. While the results of the Tennessee campaign in the fall of 1864 were devastating, Hood never wavered. His reputation as a brave and daring commander held true. Accompanying this exhibit will be a panel discussion about Hood. This discussion will be held in two sessions both beginning at 6 pm: Friday, November 6 and Saturday November 7. Topics to be covered include the early life, military career, Tennessee Campaign, and legacy of General Hood. Please join us for both the exhibit and the discussion about this controversial figure in Civil War history.

Where: Carnton Plantation, 1345 Carnton Lane, Franklin
Admission: $12, $10 for ages over 65, $5 for ages 6-12, free for ages 4 and younger
Info: www.carnton.org, 794-0903

And check out my recent interview with the Carnton collections manager about the Hood exhibit.

Effects of C.S.A. General, John Bell Hood, The Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, VA by you.
Hood’s uniform seen here on display at the Museum of the Confederacy
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