A.P. Hill Monument, Richmond
On 2 April 1865, Confederate General Ambrose Powell Hill, fell near Petersburg mortally wounded by Corporal John W. Mauck of Pennsylvania. As Richmond was being evacuated, Hill's men tried without success to find somebody 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 including Hill. Through their efforts, the A.P. Hill monument was erected at the intersection of Laburnum Avenue and Hermitage Road in Richmond. Before the 30 May 1892, unveiling, General Hill's remains were dug up again, removed from Hollywood Cemetery, and reinterred 1 July 1891, at the base of his future monument. Christian and others have asked me why the A.P. Hill monument was not with the others on Monument Avenue. I wish I had the answer especially since they have included a dead tennis player.
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