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Hooker (Joseph) Military Papers
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General
  • Existence and Location of Copies

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Joseph Hooker military papers
    Creator: Hooker, Joseph, 1814-1879
    Identifier/Call Number: mssHooker
    Physical Description: 7.50 Linear Feet (18 boxes and 1 envelope)
    Date (inclusive): 1861-1864
    Abstract: Military papers belonging to American Union General Joseph Hooker.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Joseph Hooker military papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Joseph H. Wood, April 1964.

    Biographical / Historical

    Joseph Hooker (1814-1879) was an American Union general. From October 1861 to September 1862, he was in command of Hooker's Division, 2nd Division of the III Corps, and the III Corps of the Army of Virginia, and then led the I Corps, Army of the Potomac at South Mountain and Antietam. Commissioned Brigadier General on September 20, 1862, he commanded the V Corps and led the Centre Grand Division at Fredericksburg. In January 1863, he was named commander of the Army of the Potomac. Following his defeat at Chancellorsville, he was relieved of his command and replaced by George Meade. On September 24, 1863 he was given command of the XX Corps and led them in the Chattanooga and Atlanta campaigns. He resigned his command on July 28, 1864, and served with the Northern Department until the end of the war.

    Scope and Contents

    Correspondence, orders, reports, dispatches, reconnaissance reports, and other military documents accumulated by Hooker's headquarters from October 1861 through September 1864. Included are papers relating to the battles of Antietam and Chancellorsville. There are no items for the four months from October 1862 through January 1863.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff. In 2021, Brooke M. Black created a finding aid.


    Arranged chronologically.


    Former call number: mssHooker papers.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    Many of the papers appear in The War of the Rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1880-1900).

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862 -- Sources
    Chancellorsville, Battle of, Chancellorsville, Va., 1863 -- Sources
    Generals -- United States -- Correspondence
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns -- Sources
    Military records -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    Professional papers -- United States -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    United States. Army -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
    United States. Army of the Cumberland. Corps, 20th (1863-1865)
    United States. Army of the Potomac
    United States. Army of Virginia. Corps 3rd (1862)