Commander Edward Hooker, USN
An Inventory of His Collection in the Navy Department Library

Table of Contents

Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Detailed Description of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information


Overview of the Collection

Repository: Navy Department Library
Creator: Edward Hooker, 1822-?
Title: Edward Hooker Collection
Dates: 1861-1889 (Inclusive)
Dates: 1861-1865 (Bulk)
Abstract: Civil War letters and correspondence of Lieutenant Edward Hooker.
Language: The records are in English.

Biographical Note

Edward Hooker was born at Farmington, Connecticut in 1822. He entered the merchant service in 1836 and entered the US Navy on 20 July 1861 when he was appointed acting master. He served on board Louisiana and Victoria before being transferred to the Potomac Flotilla where he commanded Currituck, Yankee, and Commodore Read. He was wounded on 5 October 1861 while cutting out a privateer and was subsequently in the Burnside Expedition and all of its engagements. After the Civil War he served as the naval store keeper at New York and commanded Idaho. He retired with the rank of commander on 25 December 1884.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists of four bound journals containing Lieutenant Hooker's official correspondence (letters and orders) while he was serving as a volunteer naval officer during the Civil War.

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Arrangement

The material is arranged into two series: Records and Official Correspondence, 1861-1866 and Miscellaneous Letters and Documents, 1864-1889.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Records and Official Correspondence, 1861-1866
Records and Official Correspondence, 1861-1866.
(This material was removed from the Edward Hooker biographical file in the ZB Files collection.)
Copies of Letters to Commanding Officers, 1 October 1863 to 26 April 1865.
Copies of Correspondence, 26 April to 16 November 1865.
Official Correspondence Received, 12 October 1862 to 26 February 1865.
Official Correspondence Received, 27 October 1865 to 29 May 1866.
Miscellaneous Letters and Documents, 1864-1889
General Orders and Circulars Issued by Commodore Foxhall A. Parker, 1864.
Copies of General Orders and Circulars issued by the commander of the Potomac Flotilla, 10 February to 2 September 1864; also a copy of signal numbers added to the Steam Signal Book dated 3 March 1865 and a list of station assignments for vessels of the Potomac Flotilla.
Letter Addressed to Mr. Wood, dated 14 July 1871.
Transmittal letter containing a copy of a letter from Lieutenant Murray to the Chief Clerk of the Navy Department regarding the conduct of Acting Lieutenant Hooker during the destruction of the Confederate schooner in Chincoteague Inlet, Virginia on 5 October 1861. The original letter was found in the ZB files. Includes an "Explanatory" note by Hooker and a poem titled "The New Torpedo Hooker, An Invaluable Recipe for Removing Obstructions to Gunboats Successfully Forever."
Letter to Admiral David Porter, 19 February 1889.
Copy of a letter sent to Admiral David D. Porter regarding the account given in his book of the fight at Washington, DC on 6 September 1821. Includes explaining note and copy of his appointment to acting volunteer lieutenant, dated 19 September 1862 with endorsements and orders.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Manuscripts are unavailable for loan and must be consulted in the library. Photocopying of manuscripts is generally prohibited, though the use of digital cameras by researchers to reproduce non-copyrighted materials is permitted. Permission to photocopy a limited number of pages may be granted by the reference staff, contingent upon the physical state of items. All photocopying of materials shall be done by the reference staff, or under their close supervision. The use of personal scanners by non-library staff personnel must be approved by the reference staff on a document-by-document basis (Reference: Naval History and Heritage Command Instruction [NAVHISTCENTINST] 5070.1C.).

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Subject:

Hooker, Edward
Parker, Foxhall A.

Corporate Subject:

Potomac Flotilla (USN)

Subject term:

Civil War, 1861-1865
United States Navy--Officers

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Historical Manuscripts, Navy Department Library, Naval History and Heritage Command, Washington DC, Edward Hooker Collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and a finding aid prepared by Thomas Wildenberg in April 2004.

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