Taking charge of the Army of the Potomac in early 1863, Gen. Joseph Hooker inherited forces demoralized by the loss of their first commander, bruised by a bitter defeat at Fredericksburg, and floundering under a badly divided high command.
Hooker was able to restore the army's morale and effectiveness, but his inability to achieve victory at Chancellorsville led to his being relieved of duty.
Historian Ethan S. Rafuse examines this tumultuous year in the history of the army of the Potomac in "Fighting Joe" Hooker and the Challenge of Command in 1863 on Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Rafuse has taught military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and since 2004 has been on the faculty of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, where he is a professor of military history. He is the author of more than 250 essays, articles and reviews, as well as the books Robert E. Lee and the Fall of the Confederacy, 1863-1865 and the upcoming Army War College Guide to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign of 1864-65.
This program is part of the Library's Civil War Sesquicentennial series, and is co-sponsored by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College Foundation.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.