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"I am desirous that the bravery and devotion of the Army of Northern
Virginia be correctly transmitted to posterity. This is the only tribute
that can now be paid to the worth of its noble officers and soldiers." ...
General Robert E. Lee
About the Site
"And Then A.P. Hill Came Up - A.P. Hill Confederate General" is an online
archive of information related to the life and career of Lieutenant General
Ambrose Powell Hill, CSA (1825-1865).
A.P. Hill was one of Robert E. Lee's chief lieutenants during the War Between
the States. The site takes it's name from the dying words of Robert E. Lee
himself: "Tell A.P. Hill he must come up!" -- words which harkened back to
a bloody day at Sharpsburg along the banks of the Antietam Creek where the
fate of the entire Army of Northern Virginia and probably the Confederacy
itself rested upon the speed of fiery "Little Powell" and his famous "Light
|Vastly overshadowed by the Virginia triumvirate of Lee, Jackson, and
Stuart, practically forgotten by mainstream history and relegated to basically
footnote status, even to students of the Civil War, A.P. Hill is something
of an enigmatic, nebulous figure. He did not own slaves; in fact, he felt
the South's peculiar insitution "wicked." Brave to a fault, honest, and filled
with an aggressive, impetuous fire, Hill was possibly the finest division
commander in the Army of Northern Virginia. Yet, he struggled with command
of a corps. Even so, in the twilight of the Confederacy, he was constantly
relied upon by Lee as a troubleshooter and he commanded the most important
portions of the Petersburg defense.
Although feuds with both Longstreet and Jackson have resulted in his being
labeled "prickly" or "too sensitive," Hill never feuded with the officers
under his command.
He was of such slight build that his friends and the President called him
"Little Powell." What he lacked in stature, he made up for in heart. Despite
cruel illness, he remained faithfully at Lee's side, serving in nearly every
major engagement with the exception of Spotsylvania. Hill died with his unexpired
sick leave in his pocket just a week before the surrender at Appomattox.
No wonder that when Lee died he called out for his loyal and brave lieutenant.
This is the story of A.P. Hill -- the man both Lee and Jackson called for
when dying, the man who possessed a sense of pride and temper worthy of mighty
Achilles, the soldier, the man, the father, the husband, the complicated
and enigmatic figure. The result of over four years of work, the site contains
hundreds of pages of A.P. Hill information as well as primary sources,
photographs, and more. Official reports, battle maps, accounts from the Southern
Historical Society Papers, and information written by the webmistress make
this site the internet's largest place for information on A.P. Hill. Please
take your time and explore. A.P. Hill is a fascinating figure, worthy of,
as James Robertson put it, representing "the Southern Confederacy: its
enthusiasm, its pride, its incongruity, its sacrifice."
"It was an era of storms and lightning, of fierce passions, of tidal
movements, of men and ideas, of rascality and debasement, of integrity, heroism,
and devotion. Senate, factory, farm, and market; pine-clad mountain, sagebrush
plain, fertile prairie, and burning cotton field; millhand, farmer, preacher,
rancher, clerk, sailor -- all felt a surge as of the sea ... No volume, no
series of volumes can do justice to the tremendous story of effort, devotion,
and valor North and South ..." Allan Nevins
And Then A.P. Hilll Came Up was first published to the web on May 14, 1999.
It is updated on a fairly regular basis, most often in the summer. The site
is the internet's largest archive of information on Ambrose Powell Hill.
The site was written by a student, and it is not sponsored or affiliated
with any company or organization.
|The site was designed to be easily navigated and surfed. Information
is presented in the form of articles and the site is organized around five
main hub pages -- an intro section, the man, the war, the site archives and
research, and the "other" section which contains a variety of basic web site
information. Hub pages can be accessed from the main pages through the images
at the top underneath the site's banner. Hub pages can also be found at the
bottom of each page as text links. Generally, navigation should be self
explanatory. If in doubt, you can always search the
Contact and Other Information
If you need to contact the webmistress, you may do so through the
And Then A.P. Hill Came Up ~ Contact Information
Page. For information on this web site's policies, such as use or privacy,
please visit the policies page.
Help Raise Money For Preservation
I have a few select A.P. Hill items in my A.P. Hill
store. Stuff like mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, mousepads, etc. My best
friend did the drawing of Hill and then I added stuff with a graphic design
program to make some unique items that you can't ifnd anywhere else. All
proceeds from the items will be donated to a Civil War preservation cause,
so please check out the stuff!
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War Preservation Trust.
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