Edward W Hooker


BirthNov. 26, 1840
DeathSept. 15, 1932
CemeteryBethel Methodist (Dodge Co)
PostMcPherson (Fremont)
Unit37th Massachusetts Infantry, Company D

2nd Lieutenant Edward W Hooker

Company D, 37th Massachusetts Infantry

Hooker was born in Westhampton (Hampshire County), Massachusetts on November 26, 1840. He was residing in Westhampton when he enlisted in the regiment as a corporal on July 21, 1862. He was mustered on September 2, 1862 and served about 2 years and 10 months. Hooker was discharged on June 21, 1865 at Washington DC. He was promoted to sergeant and 2nd lieutenant (on May 24, 1865) during his tour of duty.

The 37th Massachusetts Infantry was organized at Pittsfield, Massachusetts on August 30, 1862. During Hooker’s enlistment, the regiment was involved in many major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Gettysburg (PA) (July 1-3, 1863). Regimental losses were 3 killed, 31 wounded, and 9 reported missing in 2 days of combat.

Battle of the Wilderness (VA) (May 5-7, 1864). Regimental losses were 35 killed, 104 wounded, and 6 captured during fighting on May 5th and 6th.

Battle of Spottsylvania Court House (VA) (May 12-21, 1864). Regimental losses were 19 killed, 60 wounded, and 5 captured during several days of fighting.

Battle of Cold Harbor (VA) (June 1-12, 1864). Regimental losses were 6 killed and 28 wounded in several days of fighting.

Repulse of Early’s attack on Fort Stevens at Washington DC (July 11-12, 1864).

General Sheridan’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign (VA) (August-December 1864).

Siege of Petersburg (VA) (December 1864 – April 1865). Regimental losses were 3 killed and 34 wounded on April 2, 1865.

Fall of Petersburg (VA) (April 2, 1865).

At Appomattox Court House (VA) (April 9, 1865) when General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia.

Regimental losses for the War were 4 officers and 165 enlisted men killed in combat. In addition, 92 enlisted men died of disease.

Hooker died on September 15, 1932 at the age of 91 years. He is buried in the Bethel Methodist Cemetery in Hooper (Dodge County), Nebraska. Hooker was a member of the McPherson Post (#4) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Fremont, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.


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