Biography of Ambrose Powell Hill

Ambrose Powell Hill was a US soldier. Officer of the US Army became a lieutenant-general in the Federal Army during the Civil War. He excelled in command of a division in the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, notably the seven day bouts and at Antietam, where his men had a crucial role to prevent the defeat south; is promoted, on the eve of the Battle of Gettysburg, the commander of the new III Corps not fully confirmed, in this situation, the quality on display before, in part because of poor health also.


From West Point Born in Culpeper, Virginia, he arrived in 1847 and fought in the Mexican War. He also worked for the post of superintendent of the Coast Guard and fought in the Third Seminole War.

In March 1861 he resigned from the US Army and joined the Confederation as Colonel of the 13th Infantry of Virginia.

He was promoted to Brigadier General in February 1862. After fighting in Williamsburg in May, he was given command of a division and was promoted to Major General May 26, 1862.

With his troops began the campaign with the Seven Days Battle of Mechanics.

Hill and his unit, known as Light Division Hill, also launched attacks on Gaines’ Mill and Frayser Farm.Joining those of Major General “Stonewall” Jackson, Hill’s troops became the reputation, one of the most effective combat units. They participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.

After the death of “Stonewall” Jackson General Robert E. Lee reorganized the federal army and promoted Lieutenant General Hill on May 24, 1863. He was placed in command of the Third Army Corps, but served indiscriminately. Although participating in the Battle of Gettysburg, he had an active role. He also assumed at the Battle of Bristoe Railway Station, but his attack caused 1300 casualties.

After fighting in the wilderness she became ill and missed the fight of Spotsylvania. Again ill, real or imaginary, he missed the siege of Petersburg and his battles.

Two soldiers of the Union VI Corps them on the same day from which he was shot back from sick leave.He died the same day, April 2, 1865, and was buried in Richmond, Virginia.

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