John B. Hood
- Born in 1831 in Owingsville, Kentucky
- Cousin of Gustavus W. Smith
- West Point class of 1853
- Hood's career at the military academy is marred by disciplinary problems and near-expulsion
- Known to his friends as "Sam"
- Served in the 4th Infantry in California, and the 2nd Cavalry in Texas (Under Col. Robert E. Lee)