Born on 14 October 1841 near Mint Hill, Mecklenburg County, John Richard Hood enlisted in Company H, 35th North Carolina Regiment on 4 July 1862.
Only seven days earlier and perhaps unbeknownst to him, brother Abner B. Hood received a mortal wound at Gaines Mill.
In September he was with his regiment at Harper’s Ferry and later at Sharpsburg in support of Stonewall Jackson’s forces; by February of 1862 his regiment was at Kenansville, North Carolina to oppose marauding enemy troops operating from occupied New Bern. From there the 35th Regiment moved to Weldon in late May, and up to Petersburg in early June – then back to Weldon and a sharp five-hour engagement at Boon’s Mill near Jackson.
Private Hood received a thigh wound at the battle of Plymouth in mid-April, 1864, “most likely at Fort Comfort where many of the 35th North Carolina Regiment were killed and wounded.” After returning for duty in November, he was captured near Fort Stedman on 25 March 1865 and sent to Point Lookout as a prisoner of war.
After the war, Hood returned to farming at Mint Hill with his wife, Mary A. Hood -- their union produced ten children.
John Richard Hood died on 1 March 1909, he and wife Mary are buried at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(Source: Private John R. Hood, Sam Gambrell, Jr., Confederate Veteran, July-August 2008, pp. 22-23)