Lieutenant General John Bell Hood (1831-1879) was the second and most famous commander of the Texas Brigade. He was a West Point graduate (Class of 1853) and was a career army officer before the Civil War. He was appointed colonel of the 4th Texas Infantry Regiment on September 30, 1861. He commanded the Texas Brigade from February 20, 1862 until after the Seven Days Battles were completed in July, 1862. This view was taken circa the 1860s.