On this day in 1825, Ambrose Powell Hill was born at Greenland, his father’s plantation near Culpeper. He grew up to become a Confederate general fighting opposite his old West Point classmate and fellow Ambrose, Ambrose E. Burnside, who on this day in 1862 officially accepted command of the Army of the Potomac. (Click on the letter above to read his “sir, yes, sir.”)
How did that work out for him? Not well. But then, I’m not sure he would have traded places with A. P.
RE THE POST’S TITLE: Linda Laurie, from 1958
IMAGES: Hand-colored daguerreotype of A. P. Hill, ca. 1850 (The Museum of the Confederacy); letter by which Union general Ambrose E. Burnside officially accepted command of the Army of the Potomac, November 9, 1862 (Library of Congress)