(1802–86) Union army officer, born in Washington, D.C. Hunter, of mediocre abilities, received his commission through his political influence with Abraham Lincoln. While in the Shenandoah Valley (1864), controversial burnings and pillaging by his forces prompted a retaliatory raid by Gen. Jubal Early, from which Hunter retreated. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant then asked him to step aside.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.