Joe Hooker on horseback.
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Photograph of Joe Hooker on horseback.

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A Massachusetts native and West Point graduate, Joseph E. ("Fighting Joe") Hooker (1814-1879) was one of the most conceited and immoral of the Union generals. In May of 1863, Hooker was commander of the Army of the Potomac, and President Abraham Lincoln was not happy. After the army's thrashing at the battle of Chancellorsville, Lincoln knew he must find a replacement. The new commander would be Pennsylvanian George Gordon Meade.

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