Ambrose Powell Hill was a lieutenant in the United States Army at the time of Secession, but having opted for the Confederacy he rose rapidly, distinguishing himself in fighting at the Seven Days' Battle (June/July 1862), An-tietam (September 1862), Fredericksburg (December 1862), Chan-
cellorsville (May 1863), Gettysburg (July 1863), the Wilderness (May 1864). He became a lieutenant general before his death in battle in the final days of the war, at the same time that he was dying of complications from venereal disease. He was wearing this saber at the time of his death.
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