Kitty Morgan was a descendant of an affluent family born in Lexington Kentucky July 25, 1834. She was one of ten children born to Calvin and Henrietta Hunt Morgan. Her brother John Hunt Morgan, would go on to become a famous Confederate cavalry general. Her sister Henrietta Morgan, would later marry Basil Duke, who served in Morgan's Cavalry Corps.
She grew up in a farmhouse near Lexington called Shadeland for the grove of oak and ash trees that surrounded the house. The small plantation prospered under Calvin's management. A slave named Bouvette whom the children affectionately called "Aunt Betty", handled their early teaching. When the children reached school age they studied at home with Calvin or hired tutors. Kitty's old black mammy nicknamed her Dolly, because when she was a child looked like a doll and that's the name she used.
In June 1855 Kitty Morgan married a cousin Calvin McClung, who was a merchant in St. Louis, but he died suddenly soon thereafter. After the death of her husband Calvin and a year of mourning, Kitty became very depressed. Her family talked her into going to Washington City for the excitement of the Washington Social Scene. There is where she met the dashing, handsome A. P. Hill.
Powell courted Dolly throughout 1858 and on July 18, 1859 Powell and Dolly were married at her mothers home outside Lexington, Kentucky. Her brother John Hunt Morgan was the best man. Four children were born to the couple, all girls. Ann Powell Hill, the child that A. P. Hill never saw would become known as A. P. Dolly.
Dolly used the silk from her wedding gown to make a beautiful battle flag for Powell's regiment, the 13th Virginia, - "a beautiful silk banner". She tried to remain close to her husband during the war, something that often caused him anxiety over her safety. Dolly sometimes engaged in activities that she thought would help her husband. In 1864, she heard that General Phil Sheridan was coming to a certain hotel. She went to the hotel to obtain information. As she made her getaway, she was fired upon by Federal soldiers, but escaped unharmed.
Shortly before the Wilderness campaign, the Hills decided to have Lucy Lee christened. General Robert E. Lee stood as godfather and held the child in his arms. As the minister sprinkled water on her brow and gave his blessing, a tear rolled down the great soldier's cheek.
Wakening from his sick bed on the morning of April 2, 1865, at Petersburg, Hill rode out to try and rally his collapsing lines. He was shot through the heart by a stray pair of soldiers from the Union Sixth Corps. He died instantly. By General Lee's orders a charge was made, and his body was recovered and buried in Chesterfield County. With tears in his eyes, General Robert E. Lee remarked very sadly, "He is at rest now, and we who are left are the ones to suffer. A week later General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox.
Dolly was left embittered by the war that killed her brother and husband. She dropped the name Dolly and went back to being called Kitty. In 1870 she married again to a Louisville doctor named Alexander Forsyth. She bore him 2 children. He fell ill and died in 1875. Kitty died at age 86 on March 23, 1920 and was buried at Lexington Cemetery in Fayette County Kentucky.