Dana Reports Back on Hooker

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Recd 140 PM
27th  Bridgeport Oct 27
Bridge=port Tenn 630 a.m. Oct. twenty 7th
to Secy War Troops just moving out
for Shell=mouth & Raccoon mountain
no evidence to show that rebels
will oppose the undertaking Hooker came
here from Stevenson last night he
is in an unfortunate state of
mind for one who has to
cooperate = fault finding = criticising dissatisfied = no
doubt the chaos of Rosecrans’ administration
is as bad as he describes =
but he is quite as truculent
Forward the plan he is now
to execute as toward the impotence
& confusion of the old regime
C.A. Dana

Charles Dana became an Assistant Secretary of War in 1863, and two of the ledgers that we have are dedicated exclusively to his field reports from 1863 and 1864. This message from October of 1863 comes from an encounter with General Joseph Hooker, who was on his way to reinforce the Army of the Cumberland, and was apparently not very encouraging. It’s always interesting to see whether historical sources bear out our modern interpretations of individuals, and this seems to be pretty well in keeping with the current view of Hooker.

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One response to “Dana Reports Back on Hooker”

  1. huntersjones says :

    I guess the tropps were afraid to tell Dana his was in Alabama, not Tennessee since he was the Asst. Secretary of War?
    oops!

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