Sept. 28, 2015

September 23, 2015 Meeting
"The Red Battle Shirt of Gen. A. P. Hill"

Patrick Falci

Actor / Performing Historian


Pat Falci gained fame not only for his role as the General A.P. Hill, fromGettysburg, but also as director/screenwriter Ron Maxwell’s historical advisor for both that movie and Gods and Generals. Pat provided casting director Joy Todd and the actors with photographs and research for both films and even scouted out locations in Maryland and took Maxwell on a Stonewall Jackson tour of Civil War battlefields and other historical sites. Pat, a native of Astoria, served as Jeff Shaara’s historical advisor, providing research and tours of Civil War sites portrayed in his books, and vetted John Jakes’s manuscripts for On Secret Service andCharleston, at its editor’s request.

He has spoken at count less CWRTs throughout the country and has wowed them consistently.  He is the recipient of the CWRT/NY Distinguished  Service Award, the Fort  A.P. Hill Commander’s  Award for Excellence, the  U.S. Army M.D. of Washington, D.C. Commanding General’s Award, the  U.D.C. Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal, and the S.U.V. Commander’s Award for Excellence. In addition to these honors, he has earned a commission of Colonel from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
For 19 years now, Patrick has been the face of General Ambrose Powell Hill. Before that, he was a Civil War re-enactor for another 15 years with the 14th Tennessee Archer’s Brigade, Hill’s Light Division and he has been immersed in the history of the “War Between the States” for even longer.

Ever since the movie Gettysburg, where Patrick created the role of Hill, he has been enlightening the public about “Lee’s Forgotten General.” In fact he joined the Museum of the Confederacy in the unveiling of Hill’s 13th Virginia regimental flag, which he helped raise over $10,000 to restore. Hill’s wife Dolly made the flag, in part from her own wedding dress, and the restoration was a project dear to Patrick’s heart.

It’s the same love of preservation that has prompted a lifetime membership in the Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT), talks on Civil War subjects  throughout the ountry, and a school program called  “The Life and Times of the  Civil War Soldier.” He was the first 3-time president of the Civil War Round Table of New York, traveling to places like Richmond where he delivered a speech for the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) on Lee’s Bicentennial, January 19. 2007. You might even have caught him as a keynote speaker at Grant’s Tomb and he is an honorary member of the Virginia SCV.

For his website (Click Here)
Ambrose Powell Hill, Jr. (November 9, 1825 – April 2, 1865) was Confederate armygeneral who was killed in the American Civil War.
A native Virginian, Hill was a career United States Army officer who had fought in the Mexican–American War and Seminole Wars prior to joining the Confederacy. After the start of the American Civil War, he gained early fame as the commander of the "Light Division" in the Seven Days Battles and became one of Stonewall Jackson's ablest subordinates, distinguishing himself in the 1862 battles of Cedar MountainSecond Bull Run,Antietam, and Fredericksburg.


1842: Hill was nominated to enter the United States Military Academy in 1842, in a class that started with 85 cadets.
1861: On March 1, 1861, just before the outbreak of the Civil War, Hill resigned his U.S. Army commission.
1862: He gained early fame as the commander of the "Light Division" in the Seven Days Battles and became one of Stonewall Jackson's ablest subordinates, distinguishing himself in the 1862 battles of Cedar Mountain, Second Bull Run, Antietam, and Fredericksburg.
1862: Hill was promoted to brigadier general on February 26, 1862, and command of a brigade in the (Confederate) Army of the Potomac.
1863: Following Jackson's death in May 1863 at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Hill was promoted to lieutenant general and commanded the Third Corps of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, which he led in the Gettysburg Campaign and the fall campaigns of 1863.
1864: His command of the corps in 1864–65 was interrupted on multiple occasions by illness, from which he did not return until just before the end of the war, when he was killed during the Union Army offensive at the Third Battle of Petersburg.

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Mehlville (St Louis), MO 63125

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