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Confederate General John Bell Hood: The Lost Papers – FREE Lecture with author Stephen M. Hood on Thursday, May 15 at 7 pm at the Cyclorama
One of the most influential and enigmatic Civil War Confederate generals, John Bell Hood was a controversial figure. By the time his memoir, Advance and Retreat, was published posthumously, he was largely blamed for contributing to the Confederacy’s loss. Upon his death at age forty-eight, General Hood was a physically and emotionally shattered man, a stark contrast to the handsome man and fearless war hero who valiantly led his soldiers in battle at Second Manassas, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. Based on General Hood’s recently discovered personal papers, Stephen Hood’s new book, The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood, sheds new insight on this larger-than-life figure. Audience members can pre-order a signed copy of the book which will be out later this summer.
Stephen M. “Sam” Hood is also the author of John Bell Hood: The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of a Confederate General (2013). He is a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute, Marshall University and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. A relative of General John Bell Hood, Sam is a retired industrial construction company owner, past member of the Board of Directors of the Blue Gray Education Society of Chatham, Virginia, and a past president of the Board of Directors of Confederate Memorial Hall Foundation in New Orleans. Sam lives with his wife of thirty-five years, Martha, and is the proud father of two sons: Derek Hood and Taylor Hood.
The Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum opened in Grant Park in 1921. The building contains the largest oil painting in the world. The circular painting, known as a “cyclorama,” is 42 feet high X 358 feet long, and depicts the entire series of conflicts which encompass the Battle of Atlanta. The centerpiece of the museum is the Texas, the locomotive that won the Civil War adventure called the “The Great Locomotive Chase.” The museum also features uniforms, guns & artillery, maps and other artifacts. Tours of the Cyclorama take place throughout the day and include stadium seating for patrons on a revolving platform which affords a 360° view while they listen to details of the exciting events depicted in the painting.
The Atlanta Cyclorama is conveniently located near downtown Atlanta, in Historic Grant Park, at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30315. Our beautiful terrace, historical lobby and state-of-the-art theater are available for rental for your club meetings, wedding receptions, birthday celebrations, graduation and anniversary parties! “Like” us on Facebook for the latest updates: http://on.fb.me/1f1ImC7. For more information and to plan your visit: www.atlantacyclorama.org.
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