Hugh Kilpatrick
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1836
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Natural causes - nephritis/Bright's disease
Occupation: Soldier, Politician, Diplomat, Playwright
Spouse: Alice Shailer (d. 1863),
Luisa Fernandez de Valdivieso
Children: Julia, Laura (both by second wife)
Military Branch: Union
Political Party: Republican Party
Fictional Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Military Branch: Union Army (Second American Revolution)

Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (January 14, 1836 – December 4, 1881) was an officer in the United States Army during the American Civil War, achieving the rank of brevet major general. Known as "Kilcavalry" (or "Kill-Cavalry") for using tactics in battle that were considered as a reckless disregard for lives of soldiers under his command, Kilpatrick was both praised for the victories he achieved, and despised by southerners whose homes and towns he devastated.

After the war, Kilpatrick entered politics with limited success. He was eventually appointed minister to Chile.

Hugh Kilpatrick in The Guns of the South

In 1864, Hugh Kilpatrick attempted to rescue Union prisoners of war held at Belle Isle and in Libby Prison.[1] He was foiled by Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee, who smashed Kilpatrick's force using recently acquired AK-47s.[2] Lee had been sent there by Richard S. Ewell, who had been tipped off that Kilpatrick would make the rescue-attempt by Andries Rhoodie of America Will Break.[3]

General Robert E. Lee was puzzled how the AWB had learned of the raid as Ewell hadn't had any intelligence to warn them of it.[4] Lee decided to question their leader, Andries Rhoodie, eventually learning that the men of AWB were time-travelers from 150 years in the future.


  1. The Guns of the South, pg 78.
  2. Ibid., pg. 78.
  3. Ibid., pg. 79.
  4. Ibid., pg. 79.