U. S. CIVIL WAR
Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. "Little Powell" was involved in nearly every battle in the Eastern theater of the Civil War. He led a brigade, then the "Light Division ", and then the Third Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia , from the
Peninsula Campaign and the Seven Days battles through
The Wilderness Campaign.
During the Sharpsburg battle, by driving his troops mercilessly from Harper's Ferry to Sharpsburg, arriving with no more than 3,000 of the 5,000 men with which he left Harper's Ferry, Hill reached the battlefield just in time to prevent Lee's army from being overrun by the Union Forces.
At Chancellorsville, Hill was with Stonewall Jackson when Jackson was shot by his own men. Hill was not injured and took command of Jackson's Corps. However, shortly thereafter, an exploding cannon shell wounded him in the leg and he had to summons J.E.B. Stuart to take command. Except for this wound, Hill went through most of the war uninjured.
Hill was given command of the Third Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia after Chancellorsville. He was never as good a Corps Commander as he was a Division Commander
On the morning of April 2, 1865, while riding through the woods near Petersburg, attempting to reach Major General Henry Heth, one of his division commanders, Hill and his courier encountered two soldiers from the 138th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Hill called for them to surrender, but they fired at the General and his aide instead. Hill was killed instantly.
Upon hearing of Hill's death, Robert E. Lee reportedly said, "He is now at rest, and we who are left are the ones to suffer".
Hill made such an impression on Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee that both of these leaders spoke about him on their death beds.
Various sources including "General A.P.Hill, The Story of a Confederate Warrior" by James I. Robertson, Jr.
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