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HBS Guy

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Joseph Hooker was a Union Army officer that served as major general during the Civil War.
https://www.wearethemighty.com/mighty-history/reason-working-girls-called-hookers/


Was in charge of the Army of the Potomac and suffered a major defeat in the Battle of Chancellorsville. He liked to party and was often seen with “working girls” and that is why hookers are called hookers.

Another Union major general was Gen Burnside and his striking way of arranging his facial hair gave rise to the term “sideburns.” He did OK defending Knoxville but was generally useless and Grant had him discharged and the two remained friends even after that.

Grant had another military friend in W T Sherman.
 

Texan

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I knew about Burnside, but I didn't know about Hooker.

I might be related to a Confederate general. My great great great grandfather was from the same area near the same time and we all have the same last name. I think my great great great grandfather may be his cousin. He was a captain for the Confederacy. I'd tell you which general, but I don't want to dox myself.

The first person to "pass gas" in a major motion picture was Burton Gilliam in the Mel Brooks movie "Blazing Saddles". Burton was a fireman from Dallas TX before acting in this movie. He still does advertising for local car dealerships.
 

HBS Guy

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Actually reading a novel about the Civil War and “Hooker’s Ladies” were mentioned. A quick Google and yup, hookers are called hookers after MG Joe Hooker.

Hooker was called “Fighting Joe Hooker” due to a newspaper article about a battle I guess left out a punctuation mark between “fighting” and “Joe Hooker.” He didn’t like that monicker, nor did “Stonewall” Jackson. Jackson died due to a friendly fire incident, as may also have LtGen Albert Sydney Johnston at Shiloh. Jackson had his left arm successfully amputated but died of pneumonia some days later.

The Union did not have a Lt General until Grant was promoted to that rank, the first since Washington to hold it (Winfield Scott was a LtGen but it was only a “brevet” or honorary rank, not sunstantive. Scott devised the “Anaconda Plan” of a blockade of all Atlantic and Gulf ports and clearing the Mississippi of Confederate strong points. The MIss. was cleared by the Battle of Vicksburg and the last port, Wilmington in North Carolina, was taken in Feb 1865, not long before the end of the war.
 
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HBS Guy

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Tex may know: the last battle in the Civil War was in Texas and the Confederates won it (from a TexMex brew buddy.)
 

HBS Guy

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Oh yes, in the Atlanta campaign Hooker commanded two corps that originally were part of the Army of the Potomac but were sent to Chattanooga after the battle of Chikamauga which was a rout of half the Union army. They were part of Sherman’s forces in the Atlanta campaign. Hooker tended to not butt up against adjacent corps but to leave a space so he could claim whatever glory there might be from repelling an attack by Confederates. This wasn’t popular.

Anyway, one night a musket was fired, next thing Hookers’ corps were sending furious musketry and cannon fire to their front. Turns out—nobody was in front of them, they were shooting at nothing! D’uh!
 

johnsmith

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Glad his name was hooker and not John .... otherwise you wouldn't know if you were going to get lucky, or get an unknown corpse :stoopid
 

johnsmith

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Why is a hooker’s client called a “john?”
I'm only guessing here, but the name you give to an unknown person is "john Doe' ....hookers often don't know their clients real names so use John Doe, or John instead.
 

Texan

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Old school names are out now except some old school Biblical names. You hardly see John, James, Donald, Daniel, etc..... I feel sorry for the people who have to spell their name out to people 20 times per day.
 
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