Hood is a Confederate Major General, forced to attack on the second day of battle from a position where it is impossible to mount cannon and from which every movement is clearly observed by the Union. It is clear that, by attacking from this spot, he will lose easily half of his men; yet Longstreet doesn’t go against Lee, telling Hood, with sadness, to attack as ordered. Hood does so under protest. He is badly injured in the battle, and Longstreet lies to him that his casualties weren’t so bad and that they succeeded in capturing Devil’s Den, all the while knowing that he should never have been ordered to attack. Hood’s officers take their anger out on Longstreet because they are reluctant to criticize General Lee.
John Bell Hood Character Timeline in The Killer Angels
The timeline below shows where the character John Bell Hood appears in The Killer Angels. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 1: Fremantle
...have not entrenched, as there is nothing to stop the Yankees from attacking. Longstreet and Hood laugh, then Longstreet sobers and tells Fremantle that Meade is not the type to attack,... (full context)
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 3: Longstreet
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 5: Longstreet
Friday, July 3, 1863: Chapter 2: Longstreet
...Longstreet leading the charge. Longstreet asks to speak. He tells Lee that his two divisions, Hood and McLaws, lost half their strength the day before. How can they expect to succeed... (full context)