Re: Major Samuel Hale, CSA
- Scott Hann wrote:
> I'm looking for biographical informaton on Major Samuel Hale, who
> an officer on the staff of Jubal Early at Antietam. Prior tojoining
> his staff, Hale was a member of the 42nd Virginia. Most of all, I'mhad
> trying to find out where he was educated before the war, and if he
> any ties to Harvard University, or schools of higher learning inScott, try this site:
- Thank-you very much for the reply, but I saw that image of Hale years
ago when I borrowed a copy of Early's autobiography. I guess what I'm
really after falls under genealogy.
- Scott Hann wrote:
> Thank-you very much for the reply, but I saw that image of Hale
> ago when I borrowed a copy of Early's autobiography. I guess whatI'm
> really after falls under genealogy.Found this is Krick's "Staff Officers in Gray: A Biographical
Register of the Staff Officers in the Army of Northern Virginia," by
Robert E. L. Krick, pg. 145, "Hale, Samuel, Jr. b. Rocky Mount,
Virginia, Mar. 25, 1839, att. UVA, Capt. Co. K, 42nd Virginia, June
1861-Apr. 1862. Acting Adjt. 48th Virginia by Apr. 1862, and
commanded it until WIA at First Winchester. Maj. cs to his uncle,
Gen. Early, May 1, 1862. AAAG to Early, Aug.-Dec. 1862, Maj. AAIG to
Early, Jan. 21, 1863. KIA at Spotsylvania, May 12, 1864. bur. Early
family plot, Spring Hill Cem., Lynchburg. A soldier in the 49th
Virginia lament Hale's death: 'We loved him.' "
- Hi Scott,
A quick search finds possible links to (father?) Samuel Augustus Hale
(b. 1808 NH, to AL 1837) "...editor of the Flag of the Union, a
Democratic newspaper, published in Tuscaloosa, Alabama". Noted
Unionist during the War, Republican during reconstruction.
Found Samuel Hale Jr. listed as only Hale on roster of 42nd Virginia
Infantry. The "Jr" suggests his father's name :)
I'll see if I can get to Chapla's "42 Va Infantry" this weekend if
that would help ...
In autobio Early says "... my Inspector General, Major Samuel Hale,
had been mortally wounded at Spottsylvania Court-House on the 12th
[May, 1864] while serving with the division and acting with great
gallantry during the disorder which ensued after Ewell's line was
Another Samuel Hale was Harvard grad, politician and uncle of martyred
Nathan Hale famous spy of Amer Revolution. Different century, of
course. Might that connection be confusing the trail?
--- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "Scott Hann"
> Thank-you very much for the reply, but I saw that image of Hale years
> ago when I borrowed a copy of Early's autobiography. I guess what I'm
> really after falls under genealogy.
- Well, never mind. Teej has the straight skinny!
> -------- Original Message --------...
> Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Major Samuel Hale, CSA
> From: "Brian Downey" <bdowney@...>
> Date: Fri, May 18, 2007 5:13 pm
> To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
> Hi Scott,
> A quick search finds possible links to (father?) Samuel Augustus Hale.. blah blah blah
> Another Samuel Hale was Harvard grad, politician and uncle of martyred
> Nathan Hale famous spy of Amer Revolution. Different century, of
> course. Might that connection be confusing the trail?
> Good hunting,
- Teej, Thanks! Good stuff! Now I'm beginning to think that I might
have the wrong Major Hale in mind if this one attended UVA. The Major
Hale I'm looking for is the one that attended to mortally wounded
Lieut. Thomas Jefferson Spurr of the 15th Massachusetts at Antietam.
They were old school chums, but I don't know where they met before the
war. How many other Major Hale's, who fought in the West Woods at
Antietam, could there be?
- Thanks Brian. Now I'm beginning to think that I'm barking up the
wrong tree. At Antietam, mortally wounded Lieut. Thomas Jefferson
Spurr of the 15th Massachusetts was attended to by an old school chum
identified as "Major Hale." The regimental history says that he
either served in a South Carolina regiment, or was from South
Carolina. I need to recheck that source. Since Spurr was a graduate
of Harvard, class of 1858, I believe, I thought that his schoolmate
attended Harvard as well. When I began my search Major Samuel Hale,
of Jubal Early's staff, was the best match. Now I think I need to
retrace my steps and start searching the South Carolina rosters, or
contact Harvard University. Scott