The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 57, July 1953 - April, 1954 Page: 92
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The case across the way from the Hoods was fatal, but as no
new instance occurred, great relief was experienced by all in the
neighborhood. This respite was short-lived, because by mid-
August Mrs. Hood was in bed with fever and was dead by the
twenty-fourth. It is said that John B. Hood always had a fear that
yellow jack would cause his death, and now that his wife was a
victim, he is said to have remarked to Dr. Bemiss, "I shall be
taken and go down." Forty-eight hours later his daughter Lydia
became ill, and at three o'clock on the morning of August 27 Dr.
Bemiss was called because the general himself had a high fever.
One can easily imagine how depressed the patient was, having
lost his wife, and now he and his daughter were victims of a
disease for which no specific remedy was known.
Just before noon on the twenty-seventh he vomited bile a
number of times and soon thereafter voided. Because anuria was
known to occur in fatal cases, he was encouraged and remarked
to those at the bedside that "one-half the victory has been won."
To General F. N. Ogden, he said, "We will fight this fight as long
as there is a shot in the locker."
It is a great tribute to this Kentuckian, by choice a Texan, that
in the face of great personal danger his intimate friends, General
Ogden and Colonel Sam Flower, were almost constantly with him
in the last days of his illness.
When the physician examined the patient at three o'clock on
the afternoon of the twenty-seventh, it was evident that the disease
was of a virulent nature and that the end was but a few hours
away. It fell to Dr. Bemiss to tell this diagnosis to the general.
On being asked how long he would live, the doctor answered
that he could not say but that it would be wise to be prepared
for the worst and that the thought of death should not distress
an old soldier. In reply the general said, "No! you are right; let
Mr. Dowe be sent for." This was Caleb Dowe, acting rector of
Trinity Episcopal Church at the corner of Coliseum and Jackson
While the communion was given, General Hood followed the
service closely, not complaining at all of pain but lying quietly
with his arms folded. Almost immediately after the administration
of the sacrament, between nine and ten o'clock, he became slightly
delirious and needed to be restrained. Once his mind returned to
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