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Exhibit eyes Gen. Hooker’s Civil War role

Gen. Joseph Hooker

Gen. Joseph Hooker

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A new exhibit,  “General Hooker’s Civil War,” is now open at the Gen. Joseph Hooker House, located in the El Paseo on the east side of the Plaza. Docent Patrick Hurley has assembled a group of maps of the army formations of major battles of mostly the Eastern Theatre of the Civil War in which Hooker played a significant role in leading up to and after Gettysburg.

Although he had been relieved of duty just prior to Gettysburg, Hooker’s Army of the Potomac had been following Lee, after his loss at Chancellorsville, along the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains.

Hooker made a significant contribution to Northern battles throughout the conflict, but his personality and relationships forced him to be sidelined at the end of the Civil War.

This exhibit is a unique opportunity to see how the battle lines were drawn for the major conflicts during his time. It is an appropriate time to learn more, as the country is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and other important battles.

There is also an historic timeline which compares the history of Sonoma with current events happening elsewhere.

The Gen. Joseph Hooker House is staffed by members of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation and is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The exhibit runs through the end of October, and admission is free.

For additional information, call 938-0169.