Skip to main content

The Destruction Of Fighting Joe Hooker

May 2024
1min read

He told Abraham Lincoln he was better than any officer on the field at Bull Run and got the Army’s top job. He built a beaten force into a proud one, and stole a march on Robert E. Lee with it. He was twenty-four hours away from winning the Civil War. Then he fell apart. Gene Smith examines the most fateful failure of nerve in American military history.

We hope you enjoy our work.

Please support this magazine of trusted historical writing, now in its 75th year, and the volunteers that sustain it with a donation to American Heritage.

Donate