Was Hood's Attack at Franklin Rational or Irrational?

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Was Hood's Attack at Franklin Rational or Irrational?
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The AoT did exactly as ordered, and accomplished what Hood desired, and hoped for...early on.

They broke Wagner's 1st line, mixed in with those Union Troops running back to the second line, so that the second line troops couldn't fire on their own men mixed with the confederates.

When reaching the second line, Hood probably figured that somewhere there would be a breach, and it could be exploited. That is exactly what happened, the plan worked, they breached the second line, poured in to exploit that breech. But, there were too many troops in reserve, and others able to come in from the back and sides, and close off the breach further back, and stop the momentum. Not only that, with a portion of the line held further back, and on it's sides, the flanking fire coming in on the sides AND front would be absolutely murderous for anyone caught in that trap!

Now, where I think things got "irrational" is after that, when it became known that the line was sealed, wasn't going to be broken, it was pointless to pour more troops into that meat grinder!

Kevin Dally
 
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Hood should not have been named as a LG, much less a full one. His failure at Atlanta and this campaign proves that. But that's on Davis.
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Just to provide a bit of context, Hood was named Lieutenant General for several reasons. He led a rump corps at Chickamauga consisting of Longstreet's detachment from the Army of Northern Virginia and Bushrod Johnson's provisional division. He was seriously wounded while the men of his command were achieving a significant breakthrough in what was the only major Confederate victory in the western theater. I think under further scrutiny and taken in its whole consideration, Hood's performance at Chickamauga was actually subpar, but the circumstances of his wounding combined with his reputation made him a man of the hour. The wounding was serious enough that a rumor got out that Hood had actually been killed. In light of this, both Bragg and Longstreet pushed for Hood's promotion, perhaps one of the few things the squabbling pair ever agreed on.

What led to Hood's assignment to the Army of Tennessee? There were several rumors surrounding a possible posting while Hood recuperated. But as of November and December of 1863, there were only two corps slots with openings that would fit Hood's new legal rank and standing. These were D.H. Hill's corps after Hill's removal in the Army of Tennessee, and the Cavalry Corps in the Army of Northern Virginia. The latter was only rumored and never would have been considered by Lee. Stuart was a valuable officer giving much good service. In addition, cavalry corps in the Confederate army were still typically led by major generals (Stuart, Wheeler, Forrest, etc.). This basically confirmed Hood's assignment to Hill's Corps, with Breckinridge acting commander in the interim.
 

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