Sword Belt and Sword of John Bell Hood

The Army of Tennessee pattern battle flag adorns this rare belt plate worn by John Bell Hood. His French manufactured cavalry officer’s saber is an interesting choice for an infantry officer.

Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond

One thought on “Sword Belt and Sword of John Bell Hood

  1. Sam Hood

    John Bell Hood was a cavalryman in his first military duty as a dragoon in northern California in the mid-1850s, as a member of the elite U.S. Second Cavaly in Texas in the late-50s, and his first Confederate military service on the Virginia peninsula, where, under Gen John Magruder, he organized and trained cavalry regiments. I would assume that throughout his career Hood carried the same sword he was originally issued when commissioned a Confederate officer in Montgomery AL in early 1861.

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