A. P. Hill: Lee’s Forgotten General (Paperback) by William W. Hassler
A. P. Hill: Lee’s Forgotten General is the first biography of the Confederacy’s long-neglected hero whom Lee ranked next to Jackson and Longstreet. Although the name and deeds of this gallant Virginian conspicuously punctuate the record of every major campaign of the Army of Northern Virginia, the man himself has persistently remained what Douglas Southall Freman termed an “elusive personality.” William Woods Hassler, through careful and persistent research, has compiled an interesting documentary study from which emerges a balanced portrait of this distinguished but complex character.
Here for the first time is detailed the romantic triangle which enmeshed Hill and McClellan, former roommates at West Point, with beauteous Nelly Marcy, reigning queen of pre-war Washington’s younger set. Hill lost this contest to Nelly’s parents, but he later won the hand of General John Hunt Morgan’s lovely and talented sister, Dolly. And at Sharpsburg, Hill wreaked vengeance upon McClellan by his timely arrival which saved Lee from defeat at the same time it spelled McClellan’s subsequent dismissal from command of the Army of the Potomac.
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