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JOSEPH HOOKER HANDWRITTEN SIGNED MILITARY LETTER

Lot 0118 Details

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"THE STRENGTH AND PERPETUITY OF OUR NATION DEPENDS UPON OUR MILITIA" GRANT WRONG TO USE FEDERAL TROOPS IN STATES' AFFAIRS118. JOSEPH HOOKER (1814-1879). Union major general called "Fighting Joe" who commanded the Army of the Potomac with little success. Excellent ALS "J. Hooker, Maj. Genl," 9pp, 5"x8", Garden City, New York, Dec 20, 1877. Excellent military content regarding state militias vs. standing Federal armies, his Civil War experience and the Molly Maguires incident in Pennsylvania. To PA National Guard General H. S. Huidekoper regarding the General's Report of his "Campaign in Penn. last summer. Its perusal has afforded me infinite satisfaction..." He alludes to the importance of state militias in keeping the peace. In part: "...You doubtless know that I was educated for a regular, or trained soldier, and until the War of the Rebellion, I had been made to believe that the strength of a military power lay in its trained troops, and my conviction remained unchanged until the battle of Williamsburg...In that fight the greater part of my troops were under fire for the first time, and many of whom, I have no doubt, had never before heard the report of the discharge of a musket, and yet they went into battle at the earliest dawn, at one time engaged with unusual violence, and stuck to it until night came..." After his experience throughout the war, he is convinced that "the strength, and perpetuity of our Nation depends upon our Militia, over any other power in the Nation, and until all our people realize this fact as I do, I fear our Militia forces will not receive the consideration from our Officials they so justly deserve..." Referencing the strikers' war in which General Huidekoper participated, he writes: "My only regret that Gov. Hartfrant was not at home in the incipient movements of the disturbers of the peace in our State, as then his prompt action would doubtless have prevented an organization of the mob which threatened to disturb, not only our business, but almost the existence of the Government itself and as it was, it was serious enough to degrade our institutions in the minds of many of our most admiring friends...I have often wondered that almost a century elapsed before an eruption appeared in our History, and I do not now believe that it will be unwise in us to anticipate a more frequent recurrence of storms in our political world..." He makes reference to the Civil War draft riots in New York and New Jersey and the readiness of the governors to suppress them with local militia, but felt that governments in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Western Virginia "appeared to be less prepared to meet the emergency...I do not believe in the policy inaugurated by Genl. Grant in employing soldiers and Bayonets to control and take part in the affairs of States, and I believe it to be highly improper and impolitic to employ the Army in any such work..." Darkly penned and signed. Hooker had the misfortune to be thrashed by Robert E. Lee at Chancellorsville. Here, shortly before his death, the retired major general pronounces his views on military readiness. Henry Shippen Huidekoper commanded the 150th PA during the Civil War and remained in uniform until 1880. Negligible soiling and wear; else in Fine condition. Ex Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Est: $300-500

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Lot 0118 Details

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"THE STRENGTH AND PERPETUITY OF OUR NATION DEPENDS UPON OUR MILITIA" GRANT WRONG TO USE FEDERAL TROOPS IN STATES' AFFAIRS118. JOSEPH HOOKER (1814-1879). Union major general called "Fighting Joe" who commanded the Army of the Potomac with little success. Excellent ALS "J. Hooker, Maj. Genl," 9pp, 5"x8", Garden City, New York, Dec 20, 1877. Excellent military content regarding state militias vs. standing Federal armies, his Civil War experience and the Molly Maguires incident in Pennsylvania. To PA National Guard General H. S. Huidekoper regarding the General's Report of his "Campaign in Penn. last summer. Its perusal has afforded me infinite satisfaction..." He alludes to the importance of state militias in keeping the peace. In part: "...You doubtless know that I was educated for a regular, or trained soldier, and until the War of the Rebellion, I had been made to believe that the strength of a military power lay in its trained troops, and my conviction remained unchanged until the battle of Williamsburg...In that fight the greater part of my troops were under fire for the first time, and many of whom, I have no doubt, had never before heard the report of the discharge of a musket, and yet they went into battle at the earliest dawn, at one time engaged with unusual violence, and stuck to it until night came..." After his experience throughout the war, he is convinced that "the strength, and perpetuity of our Nation depends upon our Militia, over any other power in the Nation, and until all our people realize this fact as I do, I fear our Militia forces will not receive the consideration from our Officials they so justly deserve..." Referencing the strikers' war in which General Huidekoper participated, he writes: "My only regret that Gov. Hartfrant was not at home in the incipient movements of the disturbers of the peace in our State, as then his prompt action would doubtless have prevented an organization of the mob which threatened to disturb, not only our business, but almost the existence of the Government itself and as it was, it was serious enough to degrade our institutions in the minds of many of our most admiring friends...I have often wondered that almost a century elapsed before an eruption appeared in our History, and I do not now believe that it will be unwise in us to anticipate a more frequent recurrence of storms in our political world..." He makes reference to the Civil War draft riots in New York and New Jersey and the readiness of the governors to suppress them with local militia, but felt that governments in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Western Virginia "appeared to be less prepared to meet the emergency...I do not believe in the policy inaugurated by Genl. Grant in employing soldiers and Bayonets to control and take part in the affairs of States, and I believe it to be highly improper and impolitic to employ the Army in any such work..." Darkly penned and signed. Hooker had the misfortune to be thrashed by Robert E. Lee at Chancellorsville. Here, shortly before his death, the retired major general pronounces his views on military readiness. Henry Shippen Huidekoper commanded the 150th PA during the Civil War and remained in uniform until 1880. Negligible soiling and wear; else in Fine condition. Ex Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Est: $300-500

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