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Confederate (CSV)


William Franklin Hale

(1842 - 1907)

Home State: Georgia

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 53rd Georgia Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

In 1860 he was a 17 year old farmer on his father's place in Coody's District, Butts County, GA. He enlisted as a Private in Company I, 53rd Georgia Infantry on 12 May 1862 at Griffin, GA.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862 and captured there.

The rest of the War

He was in a hospital in Richmond by 30 September and furloughed for 30 days on 9 or 10 October 1862.

He was wounded again, by a gunshot to his left groin, through his pelvis at Knoxville, TN 29 November 1863 and was captured on 5 December. He was held in Nashville and Louisville, then sent to Fort Delaware on 29 February 1864. He was transferred to Aiken's Landing, VA on 30 September 1864 for exchange, was admitted to a hospital in Richmond, VA on 6 October, and was furloughed for 40 days on 20 October 1864. He was still absent, sick, to at least February 1865, the last military record in his file.

After the War

By 1880 he was again a farmer in Coody's District, Butts County.

References & notes

His service from the Roster 1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online via fold3, also as William F. Hail. Personal details from family genealogists and the US Census of 1860 and 1880. His gravesite is on Findagrave.

He married Georgia Ann Missouri Ponder (1850-1878) in December 1865 in Butts County and they had 6 children. He married again, her cousin (?) Safronia Emma Ponder (1847-1922) in October 1878 and they had 4 more children.


12/05/1842; Monroe County, GA


10/10/1907; Butts County, GA; burial in Towaliga Baptist Church Cemetery, Jackson, GA


1   Henderson, Lilian, compiler, Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, 6 vols., Hapeville (GA): Longino & Porter, 1959-1964  [AotW citation 27394]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27395]