1864 Franklin-Nashville Campaign

This is a panel consisting of Christopher Losson, James L. McDonough, and Wiley Sword discussing the Franklin and Nashville Campaign of 1864 and John Bell Hood.  In my opinion, Wiley Sword comes off poorly.  His obsessive vendetta against John Bell Hood really makes him look bad.

The video’s description reads:  “Panelists talked about the significance of the battles of Spring Hill, Franklin, and Nashville, as well as the role of Confederate General John Bell Hood. They also spoke about the role of the U.S. Colored Troops during the fighting, and how the campaign compared to General Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea.’

“ ‘The Last Campaign in Tennessee’ was a 2014 signature event of the Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee. It was held in The Factory to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1864 Battle of Franklin.”




  1. Mike Rogers · · Reply

    I watched this, or at least started to, when it originally aired. Not only do we get Wiley Sword’s anti-JB Hood it was also a bash Stephen Hood roundtable. I was pretty disappointed as I have a great interest in the Spring Hill/Franklin/Nashville battles (3x great grandfather was there in the 63rd Indiana Infantry) and was hoping for more relevant content

    1. I thought Chris Losson was fairly sympathetic to Sam Hood. I suspect if Wiley Sword wasn’t sitting next to him he would likely have been even more so.

  2. I’m surprised McDonough got asked. Didn’t his credibility get hit by a scandal surrounding his Atlanta book?

    1. For those who are unfamiliar, James Lee McDonough and his coauthor, James Pickett Jones, both professors of history, published a book called War So Terrible: Sherman and Atlanta in 1987. When asked to review the book, Richard M. McMurry saw that significant parts of the book were taken from his own Ph.D. thesis without attribution. It’s now one of the case studies in academic plagiarism cited to train students to avoid plagiarism. http://web2.fit.edu/current/documents/plagiarism.pdf

      I’m sure his credibility took a hit, Jim, but is that forever? Has he done good work since then? Doris Kearns Goodwin took a hit when it was shown she had plagiarized other works as well, and she’s been somewhat rehabilitated. I suspect the same with Professor McDonough.

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