Joseph Hooker was a Union
general during the American Civil
War (1861–1865) and, for the first half of 1863, commander of the Army of the Potomac. Nicknamed
"Fighting Joe," Hooker was a Regular Army veteran with a checkered reputation—rumors
of drunkenness dogged him for much of his career—and a talent for political
infighting. When he took over the army from Ambrose E. Burnside after the debacle at Fredericksburg (1862), the
Army of the Potomac's moral. . .
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