Confederate general (1831–1879) known for his recklessness who commanded forces at important battles including Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Gettysburg. Very rare war-dated handwritten telegram, signed “J. B. Hood, Genl.,” one page, 7.5 x 4, near Nashville, December 19, 1864. Telegram to General P. G. T. Beauregard. In full: “Can Bakers brigad[e] of this army now at Mobile be ret[urned] all the troops we can get are needed here. I would be glad to know the news from the Sherman C…hear nothing here.” In very good condition, with paper loss to right edge affecting several words of text, uniform fragile toning, three vertical folds, and scattered creases. Hood had just suffered a decisive defeat in the Battle of Nashville at the hand of his former West Point instructor, Union General George H. Thomas, on December 15 and 16. It was one of the greatest Union victories of the war, devastating Hood’s army and effectively ending his career. Although Hood blamed the debacle on his subordinates, he resigned a few weeks later and never reassigned to a field command. Hood is scarce in general, as are rebel telegrams—particularly those of such great historical significance. A truly outstanding piece of correspondence between important Confederate officers. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
John Bell Hood Confederate General Handwritten Telegram