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In the summer of 1862, D.H. Hill commanded a division in the reorganized and raw Army of Northern Virginia that drove the Union Army from the gates of Richmond. Hill teamed with his brother-in-law, Stonewall Jackson, to pierce the Federal line at Gaines’s Mill, where an old friend, Pennsylvanian John Reynolds, was made Hill's prisoner.  A week of bungled attacks in the sultry June heat produced frightful casualties. The slaughter of his men at Malvern Hill “was not war, it was murder!” cried Hill. Doug Batson gives a first person impression of the acerbic Carolinian’s sarcastic appraisals that spared not even Robert E. Lee.

Native Richmonder Douglas Batson is a Defense Department geographer and a noted author on land tenure in the developing world.  He holds the Deutsches Sprachdiplom des Goethe-Instituts, a Master of Education from Boston University, and Bachelor’s degrees in history and geography.  A retired Army Reserve Cavalry Sergeant, Doug was awarded the Bronze Star Medal during Operation DESERT STORM.  His living history website is at

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