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When Confederate Gen. John Bell Hood took over the Army of Tennessee in the summer of 1864, he was as banged up as the South: The 33-year-old Kentuckian had lost a leg at Chickamauga and had his arm horribly mangled at Gettysburg. His appointment demoralized the Rebel troops: “Great, stalwart, sun-burnt soldiers by the thousands would be seen falling out of line,” an observer later wrote, “squatting down by a tree or in a fence corner, weeping like children.” Still, Hood proved a brave if reckless leader, and his doomed struggle to save Dixie is the subject of Winston Groom‘s Shrouds of Glory—From Atlanta to Nashville: The Last Great Campaign of the Civil War. The author of Forrest Gump and great-grandson of a Confederate calvaryman who served in Hood’s army, Groom has managed an objective, novelistic account in the tradition of The Killer Angels. He reads at 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 364-1919. (Eddie Dean)