Fort Hood namesake plays prominent role in US history


As I thought about the controversy of the naming of U.S. forts I thought about the most prominent fort in the American defense system, Fort Hood located in Central Texas and the prominent role played by its namesake in the history of this country.

The time was summer of 1864 and Sherman was marching through the South with the ultimate goal of capturing Atlanta while Lee and Grant were locked in a death struggle in Virginia with no decision in sight. Meanwhile, the November election was approaching, with Democrat George B. McClennan opposing President Abraham Lincoln. The North was war weary after almost four long years of casualties and costs with no end in sight. McClennan’s platform, which was offering a negotiated settlement with the South, was considered the frontrunner as the election approached. Opposing Sherman was General Joseph P.


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