LT. GENERAL DANIEL H. HILL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/23/1863 - HFSID 282922
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GENERAL DANIEL H. HILL
Important Civil War-dated letter. Confederate Major General Daniel H. Hill wrote this letter from Goldsboro, North Carolina in 1863 complaining about Brigadier General Joseph Wheeler and his cavalry.
Autograph letter signed "DH Hill". 1 page, 7¾x11½, ruled paper. Goldsboro, North Carolina, March 28, 1863. Addressed to Major G. M. Sorrell, Confederate States Army. "The picket line from Mt. Roanoke to Wilmington is about 175 miles being a curved line. I have written to Genl. [Beverly] Robertson to know what is the least force which can cover it. The rest, I will order to Bertie [County, North Carolina]. They will not fight & the only use which can be made of them is as [illegible] and Pickets ... I wrote to the Sec. War in reference to dismantling G. J. Wheeler's bogus Regt. He has but four companies, very worthless & the time allowed him for the completion of his regt 15th March has expired. His Field and Staff have not been commissioned. The govt might buy the horses for the boat train & artillery & put the men in an Infantry Regt. I hope that this matter will be attended to promptly. The cavalry is beggaring the country & doing nothing but picket service. Respectfully". This letter appears to be about Brigadier General JOSEPH WHEELER (1810-1906), a Confederate cavalry general. Hill was a consistent critic of Wheeler, despite his successes during the war. Wheeler's cavalry was the only effective force to oppose General William T. Sherman during his March to the Sea, but his lazy command made him ineffective and drew more criticism from Hill. DANIEL H. HILL (1821-1889) was a major general in the Confederate State Army during the American Civil War and was known as an aggressive leader. An 1842 graduate of West Point, he was brevetted up to major in the United States Army for bravery at the Battles of Contreras, Churhbusco and Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). He resigned his commission in 1849, but joined the Confederate army as a colonel at the outbreak of the Civil War. Hill was promoted to brigadier general after the Confederate victory at the Battle of Big Bethel (June 10, 1861) and to major general on March 26, 1862. He served at the Battles of Yorktown (April 5 to May 4, 1862), Williamsburg (May 5, 1862) and Seven Pines (May 31 to June 1, 1862), the Seven Days Battles (June 25 to July 1 1862), the Second Battle of Bull Run (Aug. 28 to 30, 1862) and the Battles of South Mountain (Sept. 14, 1862) and Antietam (Sept. 17, 1862). Hill was promoted to lieutenant general before the Battle of Chickamauga (Sept. 19 to 20, 1863); his troops reportedly saw some of the heaviest fighting there. However, after he criticized General Braxton Bragg for not capitalizing on the Confederate victory at Chickamauga, his promotion was withdrawn, and he didn't command troops again during the war. After the surrender, he edited a magazine called The Land We Love from 1866 to 1869 and was the first president of the University of Arkansas (1877-1885). Lightly toned and creased. Letter and date, but not signature, are lightly smeared in places but legible. Neatly torn from pad or notebook at left edge. Folded thrice and unfolded. Paper loss on verso. Otherwise in fine condition.
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