Born on November 9, 1825 in Culpepper, VA, AP Hill was a career U.S. Army officer in the Mexican–American War and Seminole Wars and a Confederate general in the American Civil War. He gained early fame as the commander of the “Light Division” in the Seven Days Battles and became one of Stonewall Jackson’s ablest subordinates, distinguishing himself in the 1862 battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. Following Jackson’s death in May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Hill was promoted to Lieutenant General and commanded the Third Corps of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, which he led in the Gettysburg Campaign and the fall campaigns of 1863.
That said, many of you will take the opportunity this weekend to enjoy the Veteran’s Day Holiday which may include travel outside the local area to visit Friends and Family or simply enjoy a well deserved vacation. Travelling or not, I want to take this opportunity to remind you to enjoy your time off SAFELY. If travelling, ensure you take appropriate measures to prepare your travel plans in advance (rest, nutrition, route awareness, weather awareness, vehicle maintenance) and drive safely to/from your destination of choice…obey the laws of the road (proper speed & seatbelt use in particular). Operate your vehicle with all the professionalism that you display every day as part of the AP Hill Team. If you consume alcohol, do so in moderation and DO NOT DRIVE!!! Take this opportunity to enjoy the increased time with Friends & Family while treating everyone with dignity & respect…the Golden Rule applies.
Everyone is a valuable member of this Team and I look forward to having everyone back to AP Hill on Tuesday. Be safe this weekend and thank you for all you do to ensure our mission success!
Peter E. Dargle
USAG Fort A.P. Hill Commander