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General A.P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior

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A Confederate general who ranks with Lee, Jeb Stuart, and Stonewall Jackson but whose achievements have been unfairly neglected until now, finally receives his due in this invaluable biography by a noted historian of the Civil War. Drawing extensively on newly unearthed documents, this work provides a gripping battle-by-battle assessment of Hill's role in Antietam, Frederi ...more
Paperback, 414 pages
Published July 28th 1992 by Vintage (first published 1987)
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Avis Black
Feb 26, 2008 Avis Black rated it it was amazing
Hill is a strangely modern and tragic character. As a lieutenant in the U.S army he was stationed in Florida during various conflicts with the Seminoles, yet in contrast to the usual racism of the time he was sympathetic to the Indians, noting that all they wanted was to be left alone. Possibly as a result of the stress of his duties he took to drink, though he later regained more moderate habits after he was transferred to other theaters. Sent in at the tail end of the Mexican War, he called th ...more
Rachel Brummet
Apr 13, 2014 Rachel Brummet rated it it was amazing
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Initially, I did not think that I would like Ambrose Powell Hill, chiefly because I adore Stonewall Jackson and was not pleased with how Hill had acted toward Jackson. However, after reading this, I really came to know and understand Hill! He was a sensitive man, a loving husband and father, and a great division commander--far better than he was a corps commander. He was just better at leading his men when he could be a part of the action.

My heart goes out to this poor guy. He died an unfortuna
Apr 08, 2014 Drew rated it liked it
Robertson definitely sells Hill as one of the bravest Confederate commanders in the Civil War, but falls short in attempting to prove Hill as among the most brilliant generals. The author begins describing Hill's impressive early war accomplishments and then shows Hill's very mediocre mid-war performance, particularly after promotion to Corps command, at which he never excelled. I was also struck by Robertson's need to carry on the Confederate tradition of bad-mouthing every other general of sim ...more
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May 07, 2016 Shellys♥ Journal rated it really liked it
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A.P. Hill is most remembered as one who never quite made the adjustment from Division commander to Corp commander in Lee's ANV, yet Robertson's book tells us a difference side of Hill. Although over his head, perhaps, at Gettysburg, Hill was a soldier's commander and truly gave his all - particularly during the seige at Petersburg. While we tend to see these men for their faults, Hill is indeed more that the most popular stories told about him. In fact, he may prefer calico over RED.

This is a fa
Monte Lamb
Apr 16, 2011 Monte Lamb rated it liked it
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Lots of good information about this very important yet little known general in The Army of Norhtern Virginia. I learned a lot about how many ther officiers in the army had difficulties with Stonewall Jackson including Hill. I don't know if the author made his point that Hill was the best division commander in the army but never reached the same level at corps command. Even with this, it was a really good book and I learned a lot reading it.
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This was the first book I read that really ignited my interest in the Civil War and the period that made our nation what it is today. I read Catton's series published in the 60's many years ago, but this one pushed me into the reading that I continue with today.
Jul 10, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Overlooked by many, General A.P. Hill fought in almost every major battle in the east. Great research,never before published letters and memoirs from men who served under him. A.P Hill finally takes his place along side Lee, Jackson and Stuart.
Oct 17, 2009 Robert added it
very sad ending to a enigmatic general
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James I. Robertson Jr. is an Alumni Distinguished Professor of History at Virginia Tech. He published the definitive adult biography of Stonewall Jackson, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend, and also wrote Standing Like a Stone Wall for young adults. He lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.
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