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'It broke my heart when Virginia seceded.  Mother and I prayed for our country.  Secession and war would be the worst thing to happen to the South.  It could not possibly survive.  Its best hope was for a short war.  Tearing a county apart is never good for anyone.
                                 ~ Diary entry of Virginian, Elizabeth Van Lew
                                                                                                     May 23, 1861

The arrival of mail during the Civil War played a large part in a soldier's life.  Letters from home were crucial to the men's morale, though they never contained enough news from home, or about the war.  Mail, at that time, was uncensored.  It often contained military information and many personal feelings.

'Surrender means that the history of this heroic struggle will be written by the enemy; that our youth will be trained by Northern school teachers; will learn from Northern school books their version of the War; will be impressed by all the influences of history and education to regard our gallant dead as traitors, and our maimed veterans as fit subjects for derision.'
                                             ~ Confederate General Patrick Cleburne

May 15, 2019

John Simmons

Gen. John Bell Hood
Charging into History

West Dining Room
DeWitt Student Center
Kuyper College
3333 East Beltline Avenue NE
Grand Rapids, Michigan

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 7:00 pm

Bring some friends!
The Grand Rapids Civil War Round Table welcomes the return of our own John Simmons with his presentation: 'General John Bell Hood, Charging into History.'  General Hood was arguably one of the best brigade and division commanders in the Confederate Army, due to his bravery and aggressiveness.  Come here and see more about this incredible man's life and adventures in the Civil War.
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Civil War Notes
Confederate General
John Bell Hood