General Hooker and Staff at Lookout Valley
General Joseph Hooker & Staff
Lookout Valley, winter 1863-1864

Matt Brown Collection

Almost the original...

Though not unique, this is the likely the best quality surviving image of this scene. General Hooker, and staff, are posed in their full-dress uniforms at Lookout Valley in the winter of 1863-64. It was amongst a few saved glass plate negatives from the family of Matt L. Brown, who worked with Will Stokes briefly before Stoke's death in 1922, and continued to work as manager of Stokes Photography. Prints of this image can be found at the Library of Congress , and The Tennessee Virtual Archive (TeVA) .

This 8x10 dry glass plate was likely a copy negative. The original would have been via the ‘wet’ plate process available at that time.

The photo is credited to J. B. Linn, however, it's likely that his older brother, R. M. Linn took the photo.

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Joseph Hooker


Chiefly remembered for his decisive defeat by Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Chancellorsville in 1863. Hooker became known as "Fighting Joe" following a journalist's clerical error; however, the nickname stuck. His personal reputation was as a hard-drinking ladies' man, and his headquarters were known for parties and gambling.

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Gen. John W. Geary


Geary's son Edward died in his arms at the Battle of Wauhatchie, enraging him sufficiently to prevail in a battle in which his division was greatly outnumbered.

Governor of Kansas Territory 1856-57. Namesake of Geary County, Kansas.

After the war, Geary served two terms as the Republican governor of Pennsylvania, from 1867 to 1873.

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Daniel Adams Butterfield


In 1862, Butterfield, with the help of a brigade bugler he had summoned to his tent, devised it to replace the bugle call the U.S. Army had been using to signal the end of the day. The bugler, Private Oliver Willcox Norton of the 83rd Pennsylvania Regiment, used the call for the first time that night. It was soon adopted by other buglers and became very popular with the troops. We know it as 'TAPS'.

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Capt. George R. Hall


In the spring of 1864 his command joined Gen. Sherman's army for the Atlanta campaign. During that summer and up to the taking of Atlanta he took part in the battles of Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, Lost Mountain, Pine Mountain, Kenesaw Mountain, Collas Farm, Peachtree Creek, and others.

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Gen. William G. LeDuc


An early pioneer of Minnesota. Brevet Brigadier General during the American Civil War. Served as Chief Quartermaster for the XI and XX Corps.

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Capt. Charles Kibler

Frank "Mickey" Robbins III writes of his great-great grandfather 'Battle of Ringgold Gap inspired deeds of incredible gallantry'.

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