Tag Archives: Joe Hooker

Lost Opportunities in the Army of the Potomac—A Pair of Examples

Army management is a complicated skill in which the personality and temperament of commanders influence the inner workings and culture of the organization. The Union had no army which was as political, and influenced by outside politics, as its primary … Continue reading

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Battle Above the Clouds from Down Below with Hooker

We’re excited about the arrival of the latest Emerging Civil War Series book, Battle Above the Clouds: Lifting the Siege of Chattanooga and the Battle of Lookout Mountain by our own award-winning author Dave Powell. One of Dave’s appendices focuses … Continue reading

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Stonewall and the Chindit II: Unfinished Adventure Stories

In my last post, I compared and contrasted Generals Stonewall Jackson and Orde Wingate. I then closed with a question: Why are these men objects of such interest and fascination?           There are two main reasons, and they … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Off the Beaten Path: The Wounding Site of Daniel Sickles

Part of a series. Major General Daniel Sickles was the wild card in the Army of the Potomac, and a survivor. Sickles was a prewar lawyer and politician who was tried, and acquitted for, the murder of Philip Barton Key … Continue reading

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The Western Federal

Today, we are pleased to welcome guest author Jim Taub. As Joseph Polley, a sergeant of the 4th Texas Infantry, moved through the dense Georgia underbrush, the sounds and smells of battle overwhelmed his senses. The cracking of musketry and … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: Pine Knob

As Butterfield’s 1st Brigade attacked the Confederate defenses at Gilgal Church, to his left Gen. John Geary advanced his XX Corps 2nd Division, the “White Stars,” against the ridge known Pine Knob, an extension from Pine Mountain. Geary, unlike Butterfield, … Continue reading

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The Road to Atlanta: The Battle of Gilgal Church

While Thomas contended with the Pine Mountain Salient, on June 15, 1864, Joe Hooker’s XX Corps was ordered forward to make a strong reconnaissance of the main Confederate line west of the Mountain. Two engagements resulted: the Battle of Gilgal … Continue reading

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“If You Have Any Orders to Give Me, I am Prepared to Receive and Obey Them”: The Command Struggles of Gen. George Meade, September 1863-March 1864 (part II)

The second in a two-part series During the Bristoe Station Campaign, George Gordon Meade believed that Lee had been the superior general. “I am free to admit that in the playing of it he has got the advantage of me,” … Continue reading

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Lookout Mountain

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Lookout Mountain—”The Battle Above the Clouds,” as it later became known because the morning fog and the smoke of battle that hung cloud-like midway up the mountain while the mountaintop loomed … Continue reading

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Where Did Joe Hooker Lose the Battle of Chancellorsville?

One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Army of the Potomac sat safely on the north side of the Rappahannock River after being manhandled by the Army of Northern Virginia during the battle of Chancellorsville. As my colleague Kris … Continue reading

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