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Federal (USV)


James Milton Hall

(1839 - 1923)

Home State: Indiana

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 27th Indiana Infantry

Before Antietam

A 22 year old farmer and teacher in Putnam County, he mustered as Private, Company I, 27th Indiana Infantry on 12 September 1861.

On the Campaign

He was wounded by gunshot that entered his chest and exited through his right shoulder in action at Antietam on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

He was treated at the City Hotel hospital in Fredrick, MD, where 3" of his humerus (upper arm bone) was removed. He was discharged for wounds there on 17 December 1862.

After the War

He lived in Iowa for about ten years, then moved to Nelson, Nebraska in 1873. He was a teacher, farmer, and justice of the peace there. He was elected County Judge in 1905 and served two terms. He was active in his local Grand Army of the Republic Post (#15, George H. Thomas), and was Post Commander. He died after a fall down his basement stairs at age 84.

References & notes

Service from Brown1 and the Historical Data Systems database. Hospital details from the Patient List.2 His gravesite is on Findagrave, source also of details from his obituary in the Nelson Gazette of 22 February 1923.

More on the Web

Details of his surgery and a photograph of the upper part of his humerus, in the collection of the National Museum of Health and Medicine, is in Otis' Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens (Vol. 3, 1865), online from the Internet Archive.


02/18/1839; Putnamville, IN


02/20/1923; Nelson, NE; burial in Nelson Cemetery, Nelson, NE


1   Brown, Edmund Randolph, The Twenty-Seventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, Monticello, IN: E.R. Brown, 1899, pg. 618  [AotW citation 18784]

2   National Museum of Civil War Medicine, and Terry Reimer, Frederick Patient List, Published 2018, first accessed 17 September 2018, <>, Source page: patient #253  [AotW citation 18785]