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Lt. General Daniel H. Hill Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: July 12, 1821
Died: September 24, 1889
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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he criticized General Braxton Bragg for not capitalizing on the Confederate victory at Chickamauga, his promotion was withdrawn, and he didn't command troops again during the war.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).

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