Biography of A.P. Hill

A.P. Hill may not be famous today, but during his time he was a household name as an important commander in Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. He earned his place in Southern and Confederate history at Sharpsburg where, after a 17-mile march, he arrived with his famous "Light Division" just in the nick of time to save Lee's Army. From that point on the, watchword of the Army was "And then A.P. Hill came up."

A.P. Hill's sword resides today at the Chesterfield County Museum in Virginia. Photo courtesy of Peter Lipowicz, President of the Chesterfield Historical Society..

But there is a lot more to A.P. Hill's story than just his legendary march to save Lee's army at Sharpsburg on that bloody September afternoon. A.P. Hill was a very complicated and somewhat shadowy individual -- so much so that one author called him the "Mystery Man of the Confederacy." Couple this with the lack of material available on Hill, the mixed record he amassed as a commander, and his sometimes difficult personality, and its not much of a surprise that most Civil War buffs do not even know much about A.P. Hill.

For lack of a better term, this area is titled "The Narrative." It is the main area of the site. It contains a detailed biography of General Hill, following him from his birth in north central Virginia horse country around Culpeper to his death as a Confederate general on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg and then beyond. Mixed within the narrative are sidebars containing additional information -- some of it in the form of letters, others "sub articles" -- and links to interesting primary source accounts. Also, you will find links to the "Dramatis Personae" section where you can meet some of the "cast" members in the drama of A.P. Hill's life. There are also links to the After Action Reports section -- official after battle reports for the major campaigns written by A.P. Hill and the men under his command.

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