Joseph Hooker - Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Sneakin Deacon
N 39° 10.067 W 084° 31.653
16S E 713600 N 4338307
Quick Description: General Joe Hooker served in the Union Army during the Civil War, briefly commanding the Army of the Potomac in 1863.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 3/29/2013 4:57:01 PM
Waymark Code: WMGPX4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 3

Long Description:
Joseph Hooker was born on November 13, 1814 and graduated from West Point in 1837. He is best remember for his service during the Civil War, assuming command of the Army of the Potomac in 1863 and was soundly defeated by General Robert E. Lee at Chancellorsville. After Chancellorsville, Hooker returned to action in the Tennessee helping Union forces achieve an important Victory at Lookout Mountain. Toward the end of the war Hooker was reassigned to the Union’s Northern Department, which encompassed Ohio, Indian, Illinois and Michigan. His headquarters was in Cincinnati, Ohio where he remained until the end of the war. When President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, General Hooker led the Springfield Funeral Possession to Oak Ridge Cemetery on May 4, 1865. In the years following the war General Hooker was in poor health and suffered a stroke which left him partially paralyzed. General Hooker died on October 31, 1879 and is resting in the Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Joseph Hooker was born in Hadley, Massachusetts on November 13, 1814. He attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, graduating 29th out of a class of 50 in 1837. Immediately after graduation he served in the Seminole War and the Mexican-American War before resigning his commission in 1853 to pursue land development and politic in California. When the Civil War broke out Hooker returned to the Army with the rank of Brigadier General. He was wounded at Antietam but recovered and following the Union Defeat at Fredericksburg he was given command of the Army of the Potomac. Despite detailed planning Hooker was soundly defeated at Chancellorsville. After Chancellorsville, Hooker was relieved of Command by President Abraham Lincoln. Hooker Next saw action in Tennessee helping the Union achieve an important victory at Lookout Mountain. Hooker became known as "Fighting Joe" following a journalist's clerical error reporting from the Battle of Williamsburg; however, the nickname stuck. Hooker hated the nickname claiming that people would associate him with highwaymen and thieves. Hooker also saw action in Georgia but left prior to the start of Sherman’s March to the Sea. After leaving Georgia, he commanded the Northern Department and was headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio where he remained until the end of the war. While in Ohio he married Olivia Groesbeck, who was the sister of Congressman William Groesbeck. As the war ended, Hooker led the funeral possession of President Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois on Mary 4, 1865. Following the war, Hooker suffered from poor health and died in Garden City, New York on October 31, 1879. General Joseph Hooker is buried in Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Date of birth: 11/13/1814

Date of death: 10/31/1879

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Monument

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daily - 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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