Linked forever to the infamous “Lost Dispatch,” D.H. Hill sought for decades to clear his name from the blunder that remains the greatest mystery of the Civil War. The captured Special Order 191 alerted McClellan to the scattered disposition of Lee's Army in Maryland. But there is much more to the devout and intellectual Presbyterian elder and educator whose open criticism of Army Commanders was not without consequences.

    D.H. Hill's Selected Biography and Suggested Talking Points

Antebellum Life

Born in 1821 and raised in "genteel poverty" in York District, South Carolina

Graduated 28th of 56 from the West Point Class of 1842 along with future friends Longstreet, McLaws, R.H. Anderson, A.P. Stewart; and foes Rosecrans and Sykes

Breveted to Major for gallantry in the Mexican War

Professor of Mathematics at Washington (VA) and Davidson (NC) Colleges

Author of treatises: A Consideration of the Sermon of the Mount and The Crucifixion of Christ

Author of Hill's Algebra known for its anti-yankee word problems

Brother-in-law to Stonewall Jackson

Founding Superintendent of the North Carolina Military Institute 1859

Civil War Service

·       “First at Bethel.” Victorious in the Civil War’s first land battle, 10 June 1861

·       Commander on the ground at Seven Pines, South Mountain, and in Sharpsburg’s “Bloody Lane”

·       Co-author of the Prisoner of War exchange protocol, the Dix-Hill Cartel

·       Forced the ill-fated Federal crossing opposite Marye’s Heights in Fredericksburg

·       Departmental Commander in North Carolina and Richmond in 1863

·       Corps Commander (Lt. Gen.) in the Army of Tennessee at Chickamauga

·       Enmity with Jefferson Davis resulted in removal from command for 15 months

·       Volunteer Inspector General of Trenches at Petersburg and Lynchburg in 1864

·       Surrendered a division to Sherman at Durham Station North Carolina, April 26, 1865


Postbellum Life

·       Began the literature of the Southern “Lost Cause” as editor of The Land We Love and The Southern Home

·       Proponent of the Granger Movement

·       President of Arkansas Industrial Institute (now the University of Arkansas) and Middle Georgia Military and Agricultural College

Website Builder