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    Joseph Hooker, Union General Very Fine Content Autograph Letter Signed, "Joseph Hooker Comdg," 7.75" x 9.25, San Francisco, February 20, 1858 to Secretary of War, John B. Floyd. Hooker, who had resigned his commission in 1853. He writes to Floyd prospecting for a new appointment after several years of attempting to run a farm near Sonoma, California. He writes in full, "It appears that several Regiments may be added to the Army during the present session of Congress. If so, I desire that my name may be presented to the President as a candidate for a Lieut Colonelcy. My services and character are well known to the Army. I have fought in almost all of the great battles of the country & was during the war with Mexico three times Brevetted for meritorious services." His request fell on deaf ears, but fortunately for Hooker, the Union would require his services during the Civil War. He was appointed Brigadier General of the Volunteers on August 6, 1862. (Quoted in Generals in Blue.) Interestingly, his name gave rise to a common slang term. "Ladies of the evening" who were camp followers of Hooker's troops came to be known as "hookers!" Very light uneven toning at top left, otherwise in excellent condition and boldly penned. Simply matted with a bust portrait of Hooker in uniform. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    July, 2006
    14th Friday
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