Biography of Nathaniel B. Hill

Since Nathaniel Hill was not a member of the Army, there is no biography of him in the National Archives. Below is my biography of the man.

   Nathaniel B. Hill was born in 1806. He married 36 year old Rebecca in 1859. Both were born in Virginia.
   At the time of the 1860 Census, N. B. was living and working in Richmond and was very wealthy -- $36,000 in real estate and $50,000 in personal property (which would include slaves). N. B. and his brother, who died in 1861, were slave auctioneers and commission merchants. They also advertised as middle men for the hiring out of slaves. As commission merchants, they received, usually farm, merchandise and sold to the next level of customer.
   N. B. lived in Jefferson Ward and had been elected from the ward to the City Council for many years and continued on the Council through the war. He was elected to the State Convention that met in Richmond in early February, 1861.
   N. B. lived on 19th Street, between Franklin and Grace Streets. His business was at the corner of Wall and Franklin streets. He was still in business there in February, 1865. In 1862, a hospital in a converted tobacco warehouse on 21st Street, between Cary and Main streets, was called the N. B. Hill Hospital.
   N. B. Hill was a long time Director for the Shareholders on the Board of the Virginia Central RR. During the War, he was a State Director on the Board of the Richmond & Danville RR.
   In 1861, he was assigned by the City Council to the committee to erect city defences and was also selected as one of the commissioners to supervise the election for President and Vice-President of the Confederacy in Richmond.
August 1, 1861 Hired a slave to work as Laborer for Maj. Ashe
December 1, 1861 Paid as Transportation Agent for the Virginia Central RR in Richmond on the authority of Maj. Ashe
April 22, 1862 Wrote the Secretary of War to get a position in the Quarter Master's Department in Richmond
June 9, 1862 Wrote the Secretary of War asking for Ashe's position, since Ashe had resigned
April 24, 1865 Paroled in Richmond
July 17, 1865 Pardoned

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