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 Ambrose Powell “A.P.” Hill

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Ambrose Powell “A.P.” Hill Famous memorial

Birth
Culpeper, Culpeper County, Virginia, USA
Death
2 Apr 1865 (aged 39)
Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia, USA
Burial*
Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA

* This is the original burial site

Memorial ID
23538484 View Source

Civil War Confederate Lieutenant General. Born in Culpeper, Virginia, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where his roommate was George McClellan, future commander of the Union Army of the Potomac. Graduating in 1847, he was initially commissioned in the artillery, serving with distinction in the Mexican War and the Third Seminole War. In March 1861 he resigned from the United States Army to serve in the Confederate Army, and was immediately appointed Colonel and commander of the 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Promoted to Brigadier General in February 1862, he was given command of a brigade in Major General James Longstreet's Division. In May 1862 he was promoted again, to Major General, and was placed in command of a "light" division of troops. Promoted to Lieutenant General in May 1863 after the death of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, he was placed in command of The Army of Northern Virginia's Third Corps, which he held until the end of the war. During the 1864-1865 siege of Petersburg, Virginia, with the lines around the city collapsing on April 2, 1865, he was killed in an encounter with a group of Union soldiers. The war ended a week later with the surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The United States Army's Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, is named for him.

Civil War Confederate Lieutenant General. Born in Culpeper, Virginia, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where his roommate was George McClellan, future commander of the Union Army of the Potomac. Graduating in 1847, he was initially commissioned in the artillery, serving with distinction in the Mexican War and the Third Seminole War. In March 1861 he resigned from the United States Army to serve in the Confederate Army, and was immediately appointed Colonel and commander of the 13th Virginia Infantry Regiment. Promoted to Brigadier General in February 1862, he was given command of a brigade in Major General James Longstreet's Division. In May 1862 he was promoted again, to Major General, and was placed in command of a "light" division of troops. Promoted to Lieutenant General in May 1863 after the death of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, he was placed in command of The Army of Northern Virginia's Third Corps, which he held until the end of the war. During the 1864-1865 siege of Petersburg, Virginia, with the lines around the city collapsing on April 2, 1865, he was killed in an encounter with a group of Union soldiers. The war ended a week later with the surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia. The United States Army's Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, is named for him.

Bio by: Kit and Morgan Benson


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: EFB III
  • Added: 23 Dec 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 23538484
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/23538484/ambrose-powell-hill: accessed ), memorial page for Ambrose Powell “A.P.” Hill (9 Nov 1825–2 Apr 1865), Find a Grave Memorial ID 23538484, citing Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave .