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    Confederate General Daniel Harvey Hill Autograph Letter Signed "D H Hill". One page, 7.75" x 11.5", March 23, 1863, Goldsboro, North Carolina, to "Maj. G. M. Sorrell, CSA", written shortly after the Confederate defeat at the Battle of New Bern. An exasperated General Hill writes in part: "The picket line from Mt. Roanoke to Wilmington is about 175 miles being a curved line. I have written to Genl. [Beverly] Robertson to know what is the least force which can cover it. The rest, I will order to Bertie [County, North Carolina]. They will not fight & the only use which can be made of them is as lackeys[?] and Pickets. . . . I wrote to the Sec. War in reference to dismantling G. J. Wheeler's bogus Regt. He has but four companies, very worthless & the time allowed him for the completion of his regt 15th March has expired. His Field and Staff have not been commissioned. The govt might buy the horses for the boat train & artillery & put the men in an Infantry Regt. I hope that this matter will be attended to promptly. The cavalry is beggaring the country & doing nothing but picket service." In late 1864, as Wheeler's cavalry tried to stop Sherman's march to the sea, General Hill (and some Southern newspapers) would again level complaints against Wheeler and his troops.

    Hill (1821-1889) was known as an aggressive leader, and as an austere, deeply religious man, with a dry, sarcastic humor. He was brother-in-law to Stonewall Jackson and a close friend to both James Longstreet and Joseph E. Johnston, but disagreements with both Robert E. Lee and Braxton Bragg cost him favor with Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Toned with folds, slight ink smears. Fine.


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