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Winging it again, but Couch refused, after Chancellorsville, to ever serve again under Hooker. So he was given the plum assignment of watching over the Pennsylvania district.
Seems he did some good service in the Penninsula Campaign, and in the Maryland Campaign. Other than those, I don't recollect where, other than seniority, he demonstrated any particular ability to run the Army of the Potomac.
I think Chancellorsville was where the falling out occured between Hooker and Couch. But according to Furgurson's book, Couch was offered the Union Army but refused because of his health problems. He did make a recommendation to Washington suggesting General Meade, which did happen. So goes history.