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D. H. Hill
D. H. Hill

Confederate (CSA)

Brigadier General

Daniel Harvey Hill

(1821 - 1889)
Home State: North Carolina
Command Billet: Commanding Division
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: D. H. Hill's Division

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Graduated from the USMA in 1842, and saw service in the Mexican War. He resigned in 1849, and became a college professor and superintendent of the North Carolina Military Institute. In May 1861 he was Colonel of the 1st North Carolina Regiment, and fought at Big Bethel. In July 1861 he was appointed BGen. and commanded the Confederate Left Wing at the Penninsula battles of Yorktown and Williamsburg. He commanded Hill's Division in Longstreet's Command at Seven Pines, and served under Jackson in the Seven Days. He was (probably falsely) accused of losing his copy of Gen Lee's Special Order 191 near Frederick, MD during the early part of the 1862 invasion of the North.

In the Antietam Campaign:
Commanded D. H. Hill's Division in Jackson's Command. Most of his Division was engaged in the area immediately north of and in the Sunken Road.

The remainder of the War:
He commanded in North Carolina, and in the Richmond defenses, and in July 1863 was appointed LGen. (never confirmed). He commanded Hill's Corps at Chickamauga, and criticised Bragg who in turn unfairly accused Hill of delaying an attack. He was (therefore) removed from command by President Davis. He later saw action at Petersburg, and commanded Hill's Division at Bentonville.

After the War:
He was an editor (The Land We Love - The Southern Home) and college president.

References, Sources, and other notes:
Notes: 15 members of his West Point class became Civil war generals. He was said to be brave but abrasive and could perhaps have been used much more effectively for the Confederate cause.

More on the Web:
For a very thorough biography see Dr. Dan L. Morrill's Daniel Harvey Hill: The Formative Years from Mecklenburg (County NC) Online [site access "forbidden" as of 2/2006]

Birth Date: 7/12/1821    Place of Birth: Hill's Iron Works, SC    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1842    
Death Date: 9/24/1889    Death Place: Charlotte, North Carolina    

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