Henry Seymour Hall

Hiram Seymour Hall (September 26, 1835 - July 1, 1908) was a Union Army officer in the American Civil War who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor[1]

Henry Seymour Hall
Hiram Seymour Hall 1865 public domain.jpg
Born(1835-09-26)September 26, 1835
Bakersville, New York
DiedJuly 1, 1908(1908-07-01) (aged 72)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
RankUnion Army LTC rank insignia.png Lieutenant Colonel
Union Army brigadier general rank insignia.svg Brevet Brigadier General
UnitNew York (state) 27th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
New York (state) Company G, 121st New York Volunteer Infantry
United States 43rd United States Colored Troops
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War
Battle of Gaines's Mill
Second Battle of Rappahannock Station
Awards Medal of Honor

Hall was born in Barkersville, New York on September 26, 1835. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism shown on June 27, 1862 at the Battle of Gaines's Mill and on November 7, 1863 at the Second Battle of Rappahannock Station, while serving as a Captain with Company G, 121st New York Infantry.

After the war, he returned to New York and married Augusta J. Galentine Hall (1842–1927). The couple had three children: Clarence Seymour Hall (1868–1922), Harry B. Hall (1869–1891), and Augusta J. Hall Kemper (1880–1940). His Medal of Honor was issued on August 17, 1891.[2] Hall died at the age of 72, on July 1, 1908 survived by his wife and two of his children and was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Second Lieutenant & Captain Henry Seymour Hall, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 27 June 1862, while serving with Company G, 121st New York Infantry, in action at Gaines Mill, Virginia. Although wounded Second Lieutenant Hall remained on duty and participated in the battle with his company. At Rappahannock Station, Virginia, 7 November 1863, while acting as aide, Captain Hall rendered gallant and prompt assistance in reforming the regiments inside the enemy's works.[3]



  • "Medal of Honor Recipients". United States Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  • Dyer, Frederick H (1908). A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Des Moines, IA: Dyer Pub. Co. ASIN B01BUFJ76Q.
  • Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs, United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare (1968). Edward M Kennedy, Chairman (ed.). Medal of Honor, 1863-1968 : "In the Name of the Congress of the United States". Committee print (United States. Congress), 90th Congress, 2nd session. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 1087. OCLC 1049691780.
  • "Hiram Seymour Hall". The Hall of Valor Project. Sightline Media Group. 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  • "HALL, Hiram SEYMOUR". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  • "121st NY Infantry Regiment during the Civil War - NY Military Museum and Veterans Research Center" (PDF). dmna.ny.gov. NYS Military Museum and Veterans Research Center. 2020. Retrieved 19 August 2014.

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