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Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. aka "Little Powell"
Hill did not escape controversy during the war. He had a frail physique and suffered from frequent illnesses that reduced his effectiveness at Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House (Some historians believe these illnesses were related to the venereal disease he contracted as a West Point cadet.)
Some analysts consider Hill an example of the Peter Principle. Although he was extremely successful commanding his famed “Light Division”, he was less effective as a corps commander. Historian Larry Tagg described Hill as “always emotional … so high strung before battle that he had an increasing tendency to become unwell when the fighting was about to commence.” This tendency was to some extent balanced by the implied swagger and combative attitude that he displayed. He often donned a red calico hunting shirt when a battle was about to start and the men under his command would pass the word, “Little Powell’s got on his battle shirt!” and begin to check their weapons.
Hill was affectionate with the rank-and-file soldiers and one officer called him “the most lovable of all Lee’s generals.” Although it was said that “his manner was so courteous as almost to lack decision,” his actions were often impetuous, and did not lack decision, but judgment.
Nevertheless, Hill was one of the war’s most highly regarded generals on either side. When Hill was a major general, Robert E. Lee wrote that he was the best at that grade in the Army. He had a reputation for arriving on battlefields (such as Antietam, Cedar Mountain, and Second Bull Run) just in time to prove decisive. Stonewall Jackson on his deathbed deliriously called for A. P. Hill to “prepare for action;” some histories have recorded that Lee also called for Hill in his final moments (“Tell Hill he must come up.”), although current medical opinion is that Lee was unable to speak during his last illness.
Robertson, James I., Jr. General A.P. Hill: The Story of a Confederate Warrior. New York: Vintage Publishing, 1992 Wikipedia
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