“Confederates Once, Americans Twice: Former Confederates and the Building of Post War America” at April Round Table

On Sunday, April 14th at 3 P.M., the Franklin Civil War Round Table will host author and historian Stephen “Sam” Hood who will present “Confederates Once, Americans Twice:  Former Confederates and the Building of Post War America.”

In the years following the Civil War, large numbers of Confederates veterans both recovered from physical, mental, moral, and economic devastation and attained accomplishments important to moving the United States past the war.   Many major universities, churches and businesses were founded or greatly assisted by the talents of former Confederate soldiers.  Contributions were made by men like Josiah Gorgas, who became vice chancellor of the University of the South and later served as president of the University of Alabama.

Hood, a descendant of General John Bell Hood, resides in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and grew up in West Virginia.  A graduate of Marshall University, he was later instrumental in building that school’s soccer program, elected to the West Virginia Soccer Hall of Fame and known by many in West Virginia for his contributions to that university. A retired building contractor and Marine Corps veteran, he has served on various boards including Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans and the Blue and Gray Educational Society.

The event is free to the public. The Franklin Civil War Round Table is an educational program of Franklin’s Charge, and meets each month at Carnton’s Fleming Center, 1345 Eastern Flank Circle. For more information, email fcwrt@yahoo.com, or visit https://www.franklinscharge.org/the-round-table.