Sunday, 21 July 2019

845) Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr.

Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. (1825 – 1865). Confederate general who was killed in the American Civil War. He is usually referred to as A.P. Hill, to differentiate him from another, unrelated Confederate general, Daniel Harvey Hill.
A native Virginian, Hill was a career United States Army officer who had fought in the Mexican–American War and Seminole Wars prior to joining the Confederacy. After the start of the American Civil War, he gained early fame as the commander of the "Light Division" in the Seven Days Battles and became one of Stonewall Jackson's ablest subordinates, distinguishing himself in the 1862 battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.
Following Jackson's death in May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Hill was promoted to lieutenant general and commanded the Third Corps of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, which he led in the Gettysburg Campaign and the fall campaigns of 1863. His command of the corps in 1864–65 was interrupted on multiple occasions by illness, from which he did not return until just before the end of the war, when he was killed during the Union Army's offensive at the Third Battle of Petersburg.

- "The red-haired Ambrose Powell Hill was known was known for having a temper to match..."…

- "... and Ambrose Powell Hill, red-headed and able."…

- "His quick temper and combativeness went with his reddish hair and beard."…

- "Where the fighing is thickests there is the red-haired, red-shirted Hill brandishing his sword and exhorting his men to victory.

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