On the eve of the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863), we look back at one of the less-recognized figures of those portentous days — Lt. Gen. John Bell Hood.
The commander of a Confederate division during Gettysburg, Hood is better recognized today by Texans as the namesake of Hood County (southwest of Fort Worth) and, of course, Fort Hood. (In case you’re wondering Bell County is named for Peter Hansborough Bell, third governor of Texas.)
Here are five fast facts about John Bell Hood …
Hood was not a Texan, but was born in Kentucky. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy — though he was nearly expelled for excessive demerits — and served in California and Texas before the onset of the Civil War. When Kentucky took a neutral stance on the war, he decided to join the Confederacy representing his adopted state of Texas.
Hood had a terrible proclivity for getting wounded in battle. During a reconnaissance from Fort Mason in 1857, he took an arrow through his left hand in a fight with the Comanches. At Gettysburg, he lost the use of his left arm entirely after an artillery shell exploded overhead. He didn’t lose the arm, but the shrapnel rendered it useless. Later that year, in the Battle of Chickamauga, he was shot through the right leg, this time losing it to amputation. Despite the increasing severity of his injuries, he returned to service in 1864, ultimately taking command of the Army of Tennessee.
As the war’s youngest commander of an Army, Hood’s luck as a brash and aggressive fighter began to fail him. He met his match in Union general William Tecumseh Sherman, whom he could not dislodge from Atlanta, despite repeated attacks.This culminated in the Battle of Franklin in November of 1864, known as the “Pickett’s Charge of the West.” Staggering casualties would set the stage for the Battle of Nashville a few weeks later, which was a decisive defeat for Hood.
At war’s end, Hood became a cotton broker and ran an insurance business in New Orleans. He married a New Orleans woman, Anne Marie Hennen, and proceeded to have 11 children over the next decade, including three pairs of twins. A yellow fever epidemic swept into New Orleans in 1878, ultimately killing Hood, his wife and their eldest daughter. Left behind were 10 destitute orphans.
In her Civil War diary, South Carolina author Mary Boykin Chesnut described Hood: “When Hood came with his sad Quixote face, the face of an old Crusader, who believed in his cause, his cross, and his crown, we were not prepared for such a man as a beau-ideal of the wild Texans. He is tall, thin, and shy; has blue eyes and light hair; a tawny beard, and a vast amount of it, covering the lower part of his face, the whole appearance that of awkward strength.”
The change.org petition was created seven days ago by Joshua Yehl who was friends with Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen — one of the 49 victims of the mass shooting that took place at the gay nightclub Pulse. Yehl writes to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger, asking that the new character draw inspiration from Leinonen. Here is an excerpt from the petition:
On June 12, 2016, the world lost one of its most passionate Star Wars fans. On that day, 49 voices cried out and were silenced by hate. One of them was my best friend, Christopher Andrew “Drew” Leinonen. He and I bonded over many things, but nothing brought us together like Star Wars.
Yehl has garnered nearly 5,000 signatures, using the hashtag #PutDrewInStarWars on social media to spread the word. He writes that an LGBT character would not just be for Leinonen but for all the Orlando shooting victims.
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams said earlier this year that the film franchise is about inclusivity and welcomes the idea of having a gay character.
““I would love it,” he said in an interview with the The Daily Beast. “To me, the fun of Star Wars is the glory of possibility. So it seems insanely narrow-minded and counterintuitive to say that there wouldn’t be a homosexual character in that world.”
If you watched Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” season six finale “The Winds of Winter,” then you might remember the dramatic opening sequence. Director Miguel Sapochnik took 20 minutes to create a version of the famous baptism montage from “The Godfather,” as a characters settled in their place while Ramin Djawadi’s haunting composition played in the backdrop.
Well “GoT” fans, the track “Light of the Seven” is now available on Spotify and YouTube. With the season over, there’s at least this to help you through your time of mourning — or maybe it’ll make you cry some more. Even if you haven’t caught up to “GoT,” this piano-heavy track will make you feel like you’re right in the heart of Westeros.
Here’s a playlist of all of Djawadi’s music for “GoT” season six.
But according to an interview with This Morning, a talk-show in the U.K., Davila said he doesn’t try to emulate Styles. Live-streaming from Houston, he said he’s not really a fan of One Direction but is learning to play guitar and likes to write music.
“I’m more into that punk-rock style,” he said. “Not so much that One Direction.”
“Trumpear” has been said to mean a number of different things. The Times cites one Mexican reporter who suggested on Twitter that the word means “to hit, to vilify, to polarize, to revile, to terrorize as an electoral strategy.”
El verbo trumpear: golpear, vilipendiar, polarizar, denostar, aterrorizar como estrategia electoral.
It’s an exciting time to be alive if you’re a Whataburger lover — the Sweet & Spicy Bacon Burger is back.
The fast-food restaurant announced Monday that at 3 p.m. the burger would be available once again — but only for a limited time. The burger, which debuted last summer, is made up of two beef patties, bacon, grilled onions, Monterey Jack and American cheese, Whataburger’s Original Mustard and its Sweet & Spicy Pepper Sauce.
It’s unknown how long the burger will be available but people are already going crazy on Twitter.
One of the best weeks of the year has returned — we’re talking “Shark Week.” But Texans are in for a special treat this year as Discovery Channel’s summer television event begins tonight, featuring Texas researchers in “Return of Monster Mako.”
The team hails from the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. “Return of Monster Mako” will air at 8 p.m. and is a sequel to last year’s “Monster Mako,” which drew 3.265 million viewers — the highest ratings of the night.
According to TAMU-Corpus Christi’s news release, the shark experts set out on a seven-day expedition to tag and study the over 1,000-pound Mako sharks that feed off the Southern California coast.
When the original series of “Gilmore Girls” ended in 2007, everyone’s favorite bookworm Rory Gilmore was on her way to follow Barack Obama’s campaign as a political reporter.
Fast-forward nine years and “Gilmore Girls” fans are excitedly waiting for the Netflix four-episode revival titled “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” Though we know the series will premiere in the fall, no exact air date has been released, leaving fans desperate for any look into the “Gilmore Girls” world — including a recently released two-minute clip of Rory stopping by Michelle Obama’s office.
Rory begins by bringing in a pile of books to keep FLOTUS entertained on her trip to Liberia, Morocco and Spain for her Let Girls Learn initiative. In classic Rory fashion, she suggests “a little Proust,” “Moby Dick” and “Anna Karenina.” And though Lorelai is nowhere to be seen, she left Rory with a gift for Obama — a box of blueberry Pop-Tarts.