Dates: 1737-1903

Collection Number: MS 138

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 1 folder.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research.

User Restrictions: We are unable to photocopy/scan entire manuscript collections, entire bound volumes in the manuscript collection, or any fragile/sensitive materials.

Preferred Citation:  Gabriel Holmes Hill, MS 138, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Acquisition Information: Gift, Elizabeth Will Wenger and Maeda Hill Buck, 4 April 1988.

Biographical/Historical Information: Gabriel Holmes Hill (1837-1904) was born in North Carolina to John Hampden Hill and Ann Holmes. He joined the U.S. Navy, then was appointed 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Artillery U.S. Army. He resigned his army commission when North Carolina seceded from the Union in April 1861 and joined the Confederate Army. He was in command of Roanoke Island when he was captured, paroled, and exchanged. He was then assigned to Arkansas and later put in charge of an arsenal at Tyler, Texas. After the war, he became a doctor and practiced in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Scope and Content: This is a collection of photocopied materials relating to Gabriel Holmes Hill (b.1837), born and raised in North Carolina, but moved to Charlottesville in the post-Civil War era. It includes a typescript of his autobiography that details his military service (1884, 15p), a typescript photocopy of William Hill bible records, and two letters of correspondence between Gabriel Holmes Hill and the U.S. Pension Office, 1903.

Persons: Hill, Gabriel Holmes


  • Autobiography
  • Civil War, 1861-1865

Record Types: Autobiographies.