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Date of Birth: November 13, 1814
Hometown: Hadley, MA
Final Wartime Rank: Major General
Final Peacetime Rank: Major General
Date of Death: October 31, 1879
Place of Death: Garden City, NY
Major Battles: Peninsula
Campaign, Seven Days, Second Manassas,
Chattanooga, Atlanta Campaign
Interesting Fact(s): When the Civil War started, Joseph
Hooker could not get a command. Having applied to Winfield Scott,
Hooker was unable to get a response. Lincoln finally offered Hooker
the opportunity to take command of a regiment. Over the coming
battles, on the Peninsula, and the Seven Days, Hooker was a solid leader.
He advanced to major general, and after the Union failure, at
Fredericksburg, was put in command of the Army of the Potomac in early 1863.
Hooker would also be beat back, by
Robert E. Lee, at
before being removed by Lincoln.