After passing by the highway historical marker in front of Davidson College cemetery denoting the final resting place of Lt. Gen. D. H. Hill (C.S.A.), I determined to stop off and check things out. Deviating from the strictly Presbyterian theme I’ve heretofore had, this cemetery was notably full of obelisks, moreso than any other area graveyard I’ve yet explored. Starting at the rear of the cemetery you can find the most prominent grave, that of General Hill.
You can think of Hill as the academy’s favorite Confederate commander. Never one to hold his tongue, Hill gave “Granny Lee” and Braxton Bragg serious headaches with his open scorn and criticism during the war. Hill’s wartime writings, and post-war recollections, brim with fun criticism and exposed serious faults in individuals who were fast becoming sainted. His wartime harangue – “Oh History, History what a tissue of lies thou art!” – gives you a hint of his disposition.