(1835 - 1908)
Home State: New York
Education: Genesee (NY) College
Command Billet: Company Officer
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 27th New York Infantry
From a farming family in east-central New York state, he was 25 years old and in his final year at Genesee College (later Syracuse University) when the War began in 1861. He organized a Company of fellow students - later Company G - and enlisted with them in the new 27th New York Infantry as Private in April that year. He was almost immediately appointed 2nd Lieutenant and served with the 27th on the Peninsular Campaign. He was promoted to Captain in command of the Company to date from April 1862. It was at that rank that he fought at Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville.
The rest of the War
He was honorably mustered out as the 27th Infantry's term of service expired on 31 May 1863, but was back in service just over two weeks later, appointed Captain in the 121st New York Volunteers on 16 June.
In May 1864 he left to accept a commission as Lieutenant Colonel of the new 43rd Regiment, United States Colored Troops. He was severely wounded in action at the Crater, near Petersburg, on 30 July, losing his right arm.
While recuperating, he served as a mustering officer in Washington, but was back with the 43rd at Richmond by 3 April 1865. He was also with them at Brownsville, Texas under Sheridan, then on independent duty at Galveston until returning to Washington and mustering out of the Army on 13 February 1866.
He had been honored, in March 1865, by brevet to Colonel and Brigadier General of Volunteers for his exceptional War service.
After the War
Immediately after the War he returned briefly to Barkersville, but soon moved to a farm he'd bought in Carroll County, Missouri, where he was also active in local politics. Some time later he was in Lincoln, Nebraska, and in 1888 he moved for the last time to Lawrence, Kansas where he lived his last 20 years.
Hall was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1891 for bravery on two occasions during the War: for continuing to lead his company in the attack while wounded at Gaines Mill (June 1862) and for service in rallying troops at Rappahannock Station (November 1863).
References & notes
Thanks especially to Mr. John Jackson, of the Kansas GenWeb and host of the Kansas in the Civil War site, for the email pointer to the Hall obituary, which in turn led to other sources behind this biographical sketch.
Information above from the obituary1, Heitman2, and Hall's MoH citation. The photograph above is from Uriguen.3 Hall's parents were Nathaniel Hall and Ruth Coffin of Barkersville, Saratoga County, NY. His father had died when Seymour was 4 years old, and he and his mother then lived with his sister Ruby Hall Clute (thanks to descendant Michael Companion).
More on the Web
09/26/1835; Barkersville, NY
07/01/1908 Kansas City, MO; burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, KS
1 [staff writer], Obituary: H. Seymour Hall, The (Lawrence, KS) Daily Gazette, Lawrence: Daily Gazette, 1908, pg. 2 [AotW citation 567]
2 Heitman, Francis Bernard, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army 1789-1903, 2 volumes, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1903, pg. 489 [AotW citation 568]
3 Uriguen, Mikel, Photo Gallery (Generals and Brevet Generals), Generals of the Civil War, Published c. 1998, first accessed 01 January 1998, <http://www.generalsandbrevets.com/>, Source page: /bh/bh1.htm [AotW citation 569]