MADISON COUNTY —
A.P. Hill died at the age of 39 and was survived by his wife, Kitty Morgan McClung, who took their two children back to her hometown, Lexington, Ky.
Hill was one of the Civil War’s most highly regarded generals on either side. He had a reputation for arriving on battlefields (such as Antietam, Cedar Mountain, and Second Bull Run) just in time to prove decisive and achieve victory.
After hearing of Hill’s death, Gen Lee reportedly said, “He is now at rest, and we who are left are the ones to suffer.”
On their death beds, both Lee and Stonewall Jackson deliriously called for A.P. Hill to “bring up his troops.
Lee considered Hill, next to Jackson and Longstreet, one of his best lieutenants and paid him this compliment: “He fights his troops well and takes care of them.”
Some historians believe A.P. Hill may have been the Civil War’s finest division commander.
Crack shot by Union Army corporal took the life of Confederate Lt. Gen. A.P. Hill
By Paul Foote
On Sept. 20, the Madison County Civil War Roundtable heard author A. Wilson Greene to speak on the death of confederate Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill (1825-1865).
Hill began his Civil War experience in March of 1861 as a colonel and experienced a stellar rise to the rank of major general in the spring of 1862.
He commanded a fast-moving unit called the Light Division in the Battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville.
During this time, Hill earned the respect of Gen. Robert E. Lee and became one of his most trusted subordinates. He was promoted to corps command in May 1863.
On April 1, 1865, Union troops under Maj. Gen. Philip Sheridan won the key Battle of Five Forks west of Petersburg, Va. The next day, Grant ordered a massive offensive against Lee’s overstretched lines in front of the city.