Joseph Hooker (1814-1879)

Joseph Hooker was a major general in the Union Army. An 1837 graduate of West Point, Hooker served several years in Florida, in the Mexican War, as an adjutant at West Point and as an adjutant general of the Pacific Division. On January 26, 1863, he was named commander of the Army of the Potomac. On that same day, President Lincoln wrote Hooker a personal letter explaining why he placed him at the head of the army and chiding him for past faults of ambition and insubordination. Hooker was defeated at Chancellorsville and was relieved in June 1863. He was given the thanks of Congress for defending Baltimore and Washington against Lee. He received the nickname "Fighting Joe" from the newspapers.

Date:
1863 circa 5 years
Original Format:
Glass Negative Print
Item#:
MES17538
Photographer:
Mathew Brady
Height:
8470px
Width:
5840px
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