COMMEMORATION OF THE DEATH OF A.P. HILL
April 2, 2004
Richmond's A.P. Hill monument.
On April 2, 1865, Lieutenant General Ambrose Powell Hill, C.S.A., fell near Petersburg, Va., mortally wounded by Corporal John W. Mauck, 138th Pennsylvania Infantry. As Richmond was being evacuated, Hill's men tried in vain to find officials from Hollywood Cemetery to bury their General. Failing that, they located a plain pine box in which they placed the body and carried Hill to the family home on the outskirts of Richmond where they buried him in the Winston family cemetery.
General Hill remained there until September 1867 when he was removed and reinterred in Hollywood Cemetery, as his widow Dolly wished. Yet, no headstone was erected; the words "Lt-Gen. A. P. Hill" were etched into the curbing on front of his grave.
Years later, Confederate veterans and Virginians worked to erect monuments to their former Generals, and General Hill was no exception. Through their efforts, the A.P. Hill monument was erected at the intersection of Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road in Richmond. Prior to the May 30, 1892, unveiling, General Hill's remains were, once again, disinterred, removed from Hollywood Cemetery, and reinterred July 1, 1891, at the base of his future monument.
The Pickett Society has added the remembrance of Hill's mortal wounding to its calendar of annual events.
Society President Pat Wood expressed appreciation to those who attended, particularly to Pat and Joan Falci. Pat Falci has been making this trip each April since 2000. After the ceremony, the entire group met at King's Barbecue on Crater Road in Petersburg for a delectable lunch. L-R Pat Wood, Frank Earnest.
Rain, chilly weather and trees downed by Hurricane Isabel covering walking paths didn't stop the gathering April 2nd at the site of Lt. Gen. Ambrose Powell Hill's mortal wounding. Actor Patrick Falci, who portrayed Hill in the movie "Gettysburg," spoke to those attending about the General's tenacity, loyalty and bravery. L-R F. Lee Hart, III, Tom Davis, Pat Falci.
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