1863 May
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1863 May
Letters, May 1863, from Orrin S. Hall (1816-1904) of Company I, 123rd New York Infantry, to Anson Ingraham (1811-1894) of Washington County, New York, consisting of: a) letter, 5 May 1863, describing the battle of Chancellorsville focusing on the fighting in which the 123rd New York participated and including the casualties suffered by Hall's company; and b) letter, 26 May 1863, again discussing the battle of Chancellorsville including comments on Union General Joseph Hooker, and Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, also commenting on the men of the regiment, and possible promotion. There are typescript copies of these letters. Collection also includes biographical sketch and obituary of Hall, copy of Hall's portrait, and information on the 123rd New York infantry gathered by the donor from various published sources and websites
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Orrin S. Hall was born 9 June 1816 in Cambridge, Washington County, New York. He received a "common school" education, then began working on the Erie Canal eventually becoming a canal boat captain. Hall then became a sailor, traveling around the world. In 1849 he joined the California gold rush, then returned to New York to become a farmer. When the Civil War began, he raised a company for service in the Union army which became Company I, 123rd New York Infantry. The company enlisted 22 August 1862 and was mustered into service 4 September 1862. Hall and his company saw action with the Army of the Potomac at the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. When the regiment was transferred to the western army, he saw action at the battles of Chattanooga and Atlanta, and participated in Sherman's March to the Sea and through the Carolinas. Hall mustered out with his regiment 8 June 1865, and he returned to Washington County and farming. He served as supervisor and sheriff of Washington County, and was appointed a doorkeeper at the state house in Albany, New York. Hall married first Caroline Brownell (1827-1873) in 1843, and they had at least 3 children. He married second Elizabeth Gifford (d. 1928). Hall died at his son's home in Hoosick Falls, Renssalaer County, New York, 10 July 1904, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Salem, Washington County, New York.
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Raab, Steven S.
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  • leaves and 7
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