Ambrose Powell Hill
Biography (Written and Submitted by Mr. Gabe Weaver)
General Ambrose Powell Hill was born November 9, 1825 in Culpeper, Virginia. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 1847. He resigned from the U.S. military on March 1,
1861 and entered the Confederate Army as a Colonel of the 13th Virginia Infantry. He earned the rank of Brigadier General on February 26, 1862. Hill was a major participant at Williamsburg and in the Peninsular Campaign, and he earned the rank of Major General on May 26, 1862. Hill was a strong point in the Confederate lines during the Seven Days Battles. Afterward Hill fought under
General Stonewall Jackson until his death
at Chancellorsville. When General Jackson was wounded he gave command to General Hill. General Hill was promoted to Lieutenant General on May 24, 1863. Hill was then given command of the third Corps which began the fighting at
Gettysburg on the first day.
General Hill was killed by a Federal soldier on the
Petersburg lines on April 2, 1865 while he was trying to reach his troops. His only protection was one orderly. General A. P. Hill is buried in Richmond, Virginia, under a monument honoring him.
Many thanks to Mr. Gabe Weaver for Writing and Submitting this Biography.