's fine brigade full in the face of the advancing foe; Gregg
's and Branch
's Brigades were thrown in with a like swift fierceness; and before these combined onsets the Federals
first wavered, and then gave way. And Hill
swept on, triumphant from the first, regaining the lost batteries, regaining the lost ground, never halting until the enemy were forced back across the Antietam
, the bridge re-occupied, and the day saved; for with this charge of Hill
and his two thousand, as terrible as any ever delivered by the Old Guard, with Ney
for a leader, and under the eye of Napoleon
, ended McClellan
's efforts to break Lee
's lines at Sharpsburg
On the retreat from Maryland
brought up the rear, and at Shepherdstown
inflicted upon the enemy, in repulse of a night attack made upon Pendleton
's artillery, such fearful loss as effectually put an end to pursuit.
In the battle of Fredericksburg
held the right of the Confederate
position, and was hotly engaged; and at Chancellorsville
, where he was wounded, about the same time that Jackson
fell, his record as a major general closes.
In May, 1863, General Lee
formed three corps d'armee, from the troops then composing the army of Northern Virginia, assigning to the command of each a lieutenant general.
was the First Corps, composed of the divisions of McLaws
, and Hood
; the Second, under Ewell
, comprised the divisions of Early
, and Johnson
; while to Hill
was given the Third, with R. H. Anderson
, and Pender
as major generals.
The commands of the last two were formed from Hill
's own light division, with the addition to Pender
's Brigade, and to Heth
of the Mississippi
regiments, newly brigaded, under Joseph R. Davis
To this larger field Hill
brought, unimpaired, the qualities which had distinguished him as a division commander; his promotion came at the suggestion of Lee
, who had long since taken his measure, and ascertained his worth; and the troops had learned to repose absolute confidence in his leadership.
Henceforth his place was to be at the right hand of the great commander, now bereft of the aid of Jackson
In the dark days that followed, casualty and the necessities of war called Longstreet
away from Lee
, but Hill
was ever at his side.
Nor was the constancy of this trusted lieutenant ever shaken, or his high courage ever broken.
Fate and death overtook this gallant soul at last; but fear or doubt never.
, with Heth
, he opened the engagement, winning a decided victory over the corps of Reynolds
, and capturing the town.
In the retreat, his columns again were in the rear.
At the Wilderness
, with Heth
, he kept back for hours the combined forces of Getty