Joseph Hooker Military Papers mssHooker

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
March 2021
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San Marino, California 91108
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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.

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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)

Box 1

Fall 1861 Potomac

Box 2

1861-1862 Potomac

Box 3

Early 1862

Box 4

Early 1862 Potomac

Box 5, Box 6, Box 7

1862 Peninsula

Box 8

1862 Peninsula - Second Manassas

Box 9

1862 September South Mountain and Antietam

Box 10

Early 1863 Pre-Chancellorsville

Box 11

1863 Pre-Chancellorsville and Chancellorsville

Box 12, Box 13

1863 Chancellorsville

Box 14

1863 Chancellorsville and Post-battle

Box 15


Box 16

1864 Atlantic

Box 17

Books and general orders

Box 18


Envelope 1

Material formerly in Box 19 1863

Scope and Contents

Contains Morning Reports, Field Returns, and Names of Generals and Staff Officers.