Fighting Joe Hooker

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Pickle Partners Publishing, 2015 M11 6 - 397 pages
“I have placed you at the head of the Army of the Potomac. Of course I have done this upon what appear to me to be sufficient reasons. And yet I think it best for you to know that there are some things in regard to which, I am not quite satisfied with you.”

With this opening sentence in a two-page letter from Abraham Lincoln, Union general Joseph Hooker (1814–79) gained a prominent place in Civil War history. Hooker assumed command of an army demoralized by defeat and diminished by desertion. Acting swiftly, the general reorganized his army, routed corruption among quartermasters, improved food and sanitation, and boosted morale by granting furloughs and amnesties. His hour of fame and the test of his military skill came in the May 1863 battle of Chancellorsville. It was one of the Union Army’s worst defeats; shortly thereafter Hooker’s resignation was accepted.

This definitive biography of a man who could lead so brilliantly and yet fall so ignominiously remains the only full-length treatment of Hooker’s life. His renewal as an important commander in the western theater during the Chattanooga and Atlanta campaigns is discussed, as is his life before and after his Civil War military service.—Print Ed.
 

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Contents

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FOREWORD
CHAPTER ITHE EARLY TRAINING OF A FIGHTER 11
CHAPTER IICIVIL INTERLUDE IN CALIFORNIA AND OREGON 28
CHAPTER IIITHE FIRST COMMAND 38
IN LOWER MARYLAND 50
CHAPTER VYORKTOWN AND WILLIAMSBURG 68
CHAPTER XIAPPOINTMENT TO THE COMMAND OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC 170
CHAPTER XIIADMINISTRATIVE JOE 177
CHAPTER XIIIPRELIMINARIES OF THE SPRING CAMPAIGN 190
CHAPTER XIVHOOKER LOSES CONFIDENCE IN HOOKER
CHAPTER XVARMY WITHOUT A HEAD 216
CHAPTER XVIAFTERMATH OF THE CAMPAIGN 234
CHAPTER XVIIREMOVAL FROM THE COMMAND 246
CHAPTER XVIIIHOOKER GOES WEST 263

CHAPTER VION THE OFFENSIVE ALONG THE CHICKAHOMINY 90
CHAPTER VIITHE CHANGE OF BASE 102
CHAPTER VIIISECOND BULL RUN 116
CHAPTER IXTHE ANTIETAM CAMPAIGN 134
CHAPTER XSICK LEAVE AND FREDERICKSBURG 151
CHAPTER XIXTHE BATTLE ABOVE THE CLOUDS 277
CHAPTER XXTHE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN 292
CHAPTER XXILATER LIFE 308
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 317
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