Coming September 4. Stephen M. Hood will discuss his book John Bell Hood: The rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General. The North Shore Civil War Roundtable will present Mr. Hood with our Walt Whitman Civil War Book Award.
John Bell Hood was one of the Confederacy’s most successful—and enigmatic—generals. He died at 48 after a brief illness in August of 1879, leaving behind the first draft of his memoirs Advance and Retreat: Personal Experiences in the United States and Confederate States Armies. Published posthumously the following year, the memoirs immediately became as controversial as their author. A careful and balanced examination of these “controversies,” however, coupled with the recent discovery of Hood’s personal papers (which were long considered lost) finally sets the record straight in John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of a Confederate General. (Publisher)
Stephen M. "Sam" Hood is a distant relative of Confederate General John Bell Hood. Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, and lives in Huntington WV with his wife of 35 years, the former Martha Ann Hager. He is a 1970 graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, and earned a BBA in Marketing from Marshall University in 1976. Sam served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and has had a life long interest in the sport of soccer. He is a former Head Men's Soccer Coach at Marshall University, and coached Huntington St. Joseph Catholic High School to West Virginia State Championships in 1983, 1984, 1985, and 1988. He was named West Virginia High School Coach of the Year in 1990 and 1993, and was a charter inductee into the West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010. A former college soccer referee, Sam was a founder of the West Virginia Intercollegiate Soccer Officials Association in 1982. With an abiding interest in Civil War history, Sam is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham VA, and is past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans. (Publisher)