That Bloody Hill

Hilliard’s Legion at Chickamauga


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About the Book

Hilliard’s Legion—a part of Archibald Gracie’s Brigade of Alabama Confederates—at the battle of Chickamauga. 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 the executive director of the Professional Football Researchers Association, a retired journalist and auto racing publicist 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

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

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “A good read about an important part of the battle of Chickamauga, written in a lively style…recommended”—Civil War Monitor.