That Bloody Hill

Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga


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About the Book

Drawing on often overlooked sources, this study sheds new light on the fighting done by Hilliard’s Legion—a part of Archibald Gracie’s Brigade of Alabama Confederates—at the battle of Chicamauga. The author shows conclusively that Gracie’s command was never forced from the berm at the top of the Horseshoe Ridge and that some men from Hilliard’s Legion penetrated to the top of the Ridge. A reexamination of the battle’s conclusion highlights the Legion’s role in the final movement.
A Medal of Honor citation is corrected and the Legion’s post-war contributions are explored. A complete roster is included, with biographical notes on most of the soldiers.

About the Author(s)

Lee Elder is an auto racing publicist, an officer in the Professional Football Researchers Association, and a 2010 inductee into the Imperial Valley High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. He lives in Tallmadge, Ohio.

Bibliographic Details

Lee Elder
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 239
Bibliographic Info: 21 photos, 5 maps, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6958-8
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3126-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

 1. Crossing the Chickamauga 5

 2. The Founding of the Legion 8

 3. Chasing the Confederates out of Tennessee 16

 4. September 19, 1863 23

 5. Hurry Up and Wait 30

 6. Horseshoe Ridge 36

 7. Another Uncoordinated Confederate Attack 40

 8. The Final Confederate Threat 77

 9. Was There a Fake Surrender? 87

10. An Expensive Victory 90

11. “Come at Once if You Wish to See Him” 98

12. Consider Some Facts 103

13. The End of the Story 108

Appendix 1. After Chickamauga 117

Appendix 2. The Death of Brigadier General Archibald Gracie III 123

Appendix 3. Affidavits of Privates William T. Gillian and H. T. “Hub” Tillery 125

Appendix 4. Bragg vs. the Office of Commissary-General of Subsistence 127

Appendix 5. The Argument Over Chasing the Union Army Back Toward Chattanooga 130

Appendix 6. The Legion’s Walk to Chickamauga 135

Appendix 7. The Fifth Battalion of Hilliard’s Legion 136

Appendix 8. Charge of Disloyalty 138

Appendix 9. Gracie, of Alabama 143

Appendix 10. The Reorganization of Hilliard’s Legion 145

Roster of Hilliard’s Legion 147

Chapter Notes 217

Bibliography 225

Index 227