Lee Shartle Harford, Jr.,  aka Major
General “Fighting” Joe Hooker

Lee Shartle Harford Jr., Ph.D, retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army, 62, of Fayetteville, NC was born July 15, 1951, in Philadelphia, Pa. and passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014. He was the Vice President & Director of the Preservation Committee for the Confederation Of Union General's, and an exemplary Living Historian with a passion for learning and education.

He graduated from Bordentown Military Institute in New Jersey, before matriculating at Norwich University in Vermont, where he successfully completed his ROTC curriculum. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in history and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in 1974. Lee served eight years on active duty in Virginia, Germany and Kansas, before leaving the service to complete his Master of Arts in military history at Kansas State University and his doctor of philosophy from Florida State University. Dr. Harford continued to serve the Army as a Reserve officer with special skill identifier (Historian) in mobilization designee positions. In 1996, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as the Army Component Command Historian. He retired from the uniformed Army as a lieutenant colonel in 2002.

Throughout his illustrious career, Lee taught U.S. History, world civilizations history and military history courses at the United States Military Academy, the Virginia Military Institute, the Georgia Military College and the Georgia Institute of Technology, educating more than 3,000 college students in history. He also served as the Command Historian of the U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Command at Fort Monroe and continued to serve as the Director of History for the U.S. Army Reserve from 1992 until his death. Lee's infectious love for history led him to join several prestigious societies to include the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War; the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States; the Confederation of Union Generals (COUG); the North Carolina Society, Sons of the American Revolution; the North Carolina Society, Sons of the Revolution; the Veteran Corps of Artillery of the State of New York; and the Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry.

A proud COUGer since 2007, Lee was a warm, generous, caring soul and a true gentleman. There will be yet another vacant chair at our campfires, but we carry his spirit forward in the finest traditions of brotherhood, honor, and respect. The memory of "Fighting Joe" will be with us always.
Rest in peace, our brother.

He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors in May 2014.


"We are people to whom the past is forever speaking. We listen to it because we cannot help ourselves, for the past speaks to us with many voices. Far out of that dark nowhere which is the time before we were born, men who were flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone went through fire and storm to break a path to the future. We are part of the future they died for; they are part of the past that brought the future. What they did--the lives they lived, the sacrifices they made, the stories they told and the songs they sang and, finally, the deaths they died--make up a part of our own experience. We cannot cut ourselves off from it. It is as real to us as something that happened last week. It is a basic part of our heritage as Americans."


COUGers at  Gettysburg 150th.

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"Three  Days That Saved The Union"

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Image from the National Portrait Gallery,  Smithsonian Institution; gift 
of Mrs. Harry Newton Blue in memory of her husband  Harry Newton Blue 
(1893-1925), who served as an officer of the Regular U.S. Army  1917-1925.


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