Tag Archives: Joseph Hooker

“The Finest Cavalry Display Ever Witnessed”: Lincoln Reviews the Mounted Arm

The spring of 1863 brought about a season of change in the cavalry corps of the Army of the Potomac. On St. Patrick’s Day, Brig. Gen. William W. Averell’s division clashed with Brig. Gen. Fitzhugh Lee’s brigade on the south … Continue reading

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General Orders Number 6: The Creation of the Army of the Potomac’s Cavalry Corps

The opening months of 1863 marked the beginning of a season of change for the Army of the Potomac. Major General Ambrose Burnside, who had directed the disastrous Fredericksburg Campaign and subsequent “Mud March”, had been replaced by Maj. Gen. … Continue reading

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Steve Bartman and the Battle of Chancellorsville

In the past few weeks ESPN has been re-running the Alex Gibney film Catching Hell. The film focuses on Chicago and it’s reaction to Steve Bartman in 2003 after the Cubs lost that year’s National League Championship Series (NLCS). There … Continue reading

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Chattanooga: More Than Just Another Victory for Grant

In the late summer and early days of fall of 1863, it seemed that all eyes were on the small railroad town of Chattanooga, TN. The disastrous defeat at Chickamauga and the huge casualties it reaped turned what had nearly … Continue reading

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Mexican-American War 170th: Battle of Churubusco

Following his victory at Contreras/Padierna on the morning of August 20, 1847, General Winfield Scott looked to keep pressing towards Mexico City. By mid-morning, Scott had his divisions headed north towards the Churubusco River. Whereas the victory earlier that morning had … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part four)

Part four of a series. Desertion and “Demagogues”  Desertion was also a disease in the army, though of a different kind. With Hooker assuming command the army officially went into winter camp. Morale was still dangerously low and homesickness was a real … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Seizing Destiny: The Army of the Potomac’s ‘Valley Forge’ and the Civil War Winter that Saved the Union”.

After the Federal disaster at Fredericksburg in December, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln moaned, “If there is a place worse than hell, I am in it.” The Union war effort, at least in the east, had been met repeatedly with setbacks, … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part three)

Part three of a series. Camp Health and Winter Huts Camp health and cleanliness was also a major concern. Most of the enlisted men spent their winters in small huts, reminiscent of those used by Washington’s Army at Valley Forge. … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part two)

Part two of a series. A New Chief of Staff and Improved Supply System Ambrose E. Burnside left the Army of the Potomac with a litany of major problems; many of which were brought on by poor staff work. To … Continue reading

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The Rebirth of the Army of the Potomac (part one)

Part one of a series. Introduction “By direction of the President of the United States, the commanding general this day transfers the command of this army to Maj. Gen Joseph Hooker…give to the brave and skillful general who has so … Continue reading

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