On this day in the Civil War, President Lincoln appoints Union General George Meade to replace General Hooker as commander of the Army of the Potomac.

General Meade, known as an “old goggle-eyed snapping turtle”, responds when he hears the news by saying, “Well, I’ve been tried and condemned without a hearing, and I suppose I shall have to go to the execution.”

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General George Meade

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)


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