Perhaps I have not made it clear. "self serving" is not an adequate expression of what Hood did. As the OR reference i used indicates, Hood lied to Beauregard about receiving a report from Forrest about a river crossing. This is easily documented, Forrest was nowhere in the area of the crossing & not ordered to report to Hood until three days after he met with Beauregard. That is not self serving, that is deliberately misinforming a superior officer. In all candor, your depiction of military reports is not accurate. All officers, especially in wartime, are honor bound to report facts as accurately as possible so that superior officers can make informed decisions. The type of self serving misinformation you imply is a court-martial offense. Someone who tried that on Forrest was grabbed by the ears & had his face pounded into tree for reporting rumor instead of fact.The fact that Hood's report is self serving, is not evidence of anything in parcticular, as, in fact, all such reports are, by their very nature, self serving.