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Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 2: the cadet. (search)
powers, he lacked the facility of taking in knowledge, which arises from practice; nor was his apprehension naturally quick. He once stated to a friend that he studied very hard for what he got at West Point. The acquisition of knowledge with him was slow, but what he once comprehended he never lost. Entering, with such preparation, a large and distinguished class, he held at first a low grade. Generals McClellan, Foster, Reno, Stoneman, Couch, and Gibbon, of the Federal army; and Generals A. P. Hill, Pickett Maury, D. R. Jones, W. D. Smith, and Wilcox, of the Confederate army, were among his class-mates. From the first, he labored hard. The same thoroughness and honesty which had appeared in the schoolboy, were now more clearly manifested. If he could not master the portion of the text-book assigned for the day, he would not pass over it to the next lesson, but continued to work upon it until it was understood. Thus it happened that, not seldom, when called to the black-board
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 6: first campaign in the Valley. (search)
antry of the army of the Valley, and was continually near the enemy. He thus speaks of the command:-- The troops have been divided into brigades, and the Virginia forces under General Johnston constitute the first brigade, of which I am in command. I am very thankful to our kind heavenly Father, for having given me such a fine brigade. He does bless me beyond my expectations, and infinitely beyond my deserts. I ought to be a devoted follower of the Redeemer. About this time, Colonel A. P. Hill, afterwards Lieut.-General, was sent towards Romney with a detachment of Confederate troops. The Federalists there retired before him, and having occupied that village, he proceeded along the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, eighteen miles west of the town of Cumberland, assailed a detachment which guarded an important bridge, dispersed them, capturing two cannon and their colors, and destroyed the bridge. On the 19th of June, Colonel Jackson was sent with his brigade north of Martinsbur
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 14: the Richmond campaign. (search)
d, where Brigadier-General Branch, of Major General A. P. Hill's division, was stationed within a feupport of Jackson, and the former to that of A. P. Hill. The four commands were directed to sweep dahominy towards Cold Harbor, pursued by Generals A. P. Hill and Longstreet, burning vast quantitiestructions from him, the gallant division of A. P. Hill filed past, in as perfect array as though tht. Hence, as the brigades of Longstreet and A. P. Hill from the Confederate right, and of D. H. Hilsengers from the Commander-in-Chief, and General A. P. Hill, they obtained more correct guidance, aner, the third brigade reinforced the line of A. P. Hill, near the centre, but only arrived in time tire of the batteries, and successful charges of Hill and Winder upon the enemy's right, determined t wounded. His wearied troops, with those of A. P. Hill, were drawn off to seek the needed repose, apported by Huger and Holmes. Longstreet and A. P. Hill, with their wearied divisions, were held in [13 more...]
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 15: Cedar Run. (search)
force, he called upon General Lee for reinforcements; and the division of General A. P. Hill was sent to join him. This fine body of troops continued henceforth to beo their line of march, and bore toward Slaughter's Mountain. The division of A. P. Hill, delayed by the trains which followed the preceding troops, and by a misconceattack to the next day. On the morning of August 9th, having ascertained that A. P. Hill was now within supporting distance, he moved early; and, with his cavalry in rapidly to their support. It was the command of Thomas (from the division of A. P. Hill, who had now arrived upon the scene); which, with two additional batteries, tTitanic blow delivered, when the fine brigade of Branch, from the division of A. P. Hill, hardly allowing itself time to form, rushed forward to second them, and compy stubble field, with the brigades of Archer and of Pender, from the division of Hill, extending them far to the left. These fresh troops, with the remainder of the
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 16: second Manassa's. (search)
istoe. He brought with him the divisions of A. P. Hill and Taliaferro, leaving that of Ewell at Brileys upon them in front, and the infantry of A. P. Hill threatened them on both sides. General Jackommander slain, and the fugitives, pursued. by Hill and Stuart, were cut to pieces and scattered. ng of the 28th of August, by the division of A. P. Hill, which had marched northward to Centreville,between one and two miles. The division of A. P. Hill formed his left, that of Ewell his centre, a chiefly posted upon eminences in the rear. A. P. Hill formed his left, Ewell his centre, and Starkont of the left, occupied by the division of A. P. Hill. In defiance of his deadly fire, delivered o recoil in confusion. Soon the second line of Hill was advanced to the support of the first. Six tle with killed and wounded. In the division of Hill the loss was also serious; and among the severeshells. Meantime, the artillery of Ewell's and Hill's divisions, from Jackson's rear and left, join[4 more...]
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 17: the campaign in Maryland. (search)
rry. Then, dividing his forces, he sent General A. P. Hill on the direct road to Martinsburg; whilef General Jackson. He directed the division of Hill toward the Shenandoah, and that of Taliaferro, antry behind a heavy abattis without artillery, Hill sent three brigades under General Pender, to sty in front; and the enfilading batteries of General Hill and Colonel Crutchfield swept their men froneral Jackson had directed that at this signal, Hill should instantly advance, and storm the place uvision of General Jackson's corps, under General A. P. Hill, having been ordered up from Harper's Fe. In this splendid combat, two thousand men of Hill's division, assisted by the brigade of Toombs, y Pendleton, and had ordered the division of A. P. Hill, that of Early, (who was now the successor oes of a campaign; and well did the veterans of Hill employ the precious season. When the last of tll soon be driven back. In this combat, General A. P. Hill did not employ a single piece of artille[11 more...]
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 18: Fredericksburg. (search)
ank of Major-General; the division of Major-General A. P. Hill; and that of Major-General D. H. Hilleman's Ferry, in the face of two brigades of A. P. Hill's division. They were chastised by him withf the brigade of Field, from the division of A. P. Hill, with the brigades of Archer, Lane and Pende whole front was composed of the division of A. P. Hill. A second line was composed of the two divid fourteen picked guns from the artillery of A. P. Hill, under the command of Colonel Lindsay Walkerrly, whose division covered all the right of A. P. Hill's broken line, threw the Georgia brigade of connected his left with the right of Thomas, of Hill's division, who was still showing an unbroken fes, composed of portions of the divisions of A. P. Hill and Early, with the Stonewall Brigade, underd men captured, chiefly from the division of A. P. Hill. That division also bore the heavier part oe irruption of the enemy through the line of A. P. Hill, and now lay in a neighboring dwelling, draw
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 19: Chancellorsville. (search)
erable order, and with high enthusiasm. General A. P. Hill, finding this toilsome march unnecessary Morrison, who had just returned to him. General A. P. Hill, with his staff also proceeded immediates upon the north side. It so happened that General Hill, with his escort, had been directed by the tions. But at this terrible moment, he saw General Hill, with the remnant of his staff, approachingr of danger. With the skilful direction of General Hill, they now effectually arrested the hemorrhain their grasp; and when, at the command of General Hill, two orderlies arose from the kneeling grout the General must be immediately removed. General Hill now remounted, and hurried back to make hisaged through its short but furious course. General Hill had scarcely flown to assume the command oft me a skilful surgeon. On the arrival of General Hill, the anxious inquiry was made of him, wherebaffle his foes. Upon the retirement of General Hill from the field, a hurried consultation was [9 more...]
Robert Lewis Dabney, Life and Commands of Lieutenand- General Thomas J. Jackson, Chapter 20: death and burial. (search)
nant Smith to obtain materials for writing, and dictated to him a note to General Lee. In the most unpretending words, he stated that he had been disabled by his wounds, and had accordingly demitted his command to the General next him in rank, A. P. Hill. He then congratulated the Commander-in-Chief upon the great victory which God had that day vouchsafed to his arms. He received soon after the note of General-Lee, which was given above. When this was read to him, he was evidently much grati what he said, and wished the physician to do for him precisely what his judgment dictated, he repeated, Do your duty. His vagrant thoughts in sleep were obviously wandering back to the field of strife; at one time he was heard to say quickly: A. P. Hill, prepare for action; and several times: Tell Major Hawks to send forward provisions for the troops. On Friday morning Dr. Morrison suggested his fear of a fatal termination of his disease. He dissented from this expectation positively, and