Guide to the Andrew J. Hall Diary, 1861-1862
Collection number: MS 200
About Andrew J. Hall
Cavalryman from Illinois with family ties to N.H.
About the Andrew J. Hall Diary
Hall was born in Epsom, N.H. on April 23, 1834, the son of Benjamin Hall and Polly Wells. The date of his departure for Illinois is unknown, but his marriage to Sarah J. Poynter (born 1837 in Bond County, IL) must have taken place there because no Epsom record of the marriage exists, and although his two children gave differing places of birth, the 1870 US Census records that they were both born in Illinois. Hall and family had returned to Epsom by 1864, when he is mentioned in the Agricultural Poll. He died October 31, 1873 and is buried in the McClary Cemetery along with his wife and son Andrew J. His gravestone is badly damaged.
Hall, then living in Summerfield, Illinois, enlisted on July 8, 1861 and served in Company E, 2nd Regt. of the Illinois cavalry, seeing action in Kentucky and Tennessee. His diary, written in a neat hand, is detailed about the regiment’s movements and often complains about conditions in camp. It ends abruptly in June 1862.
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Andrew J. Hall Diary, 1861-1862, MS 200, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Gift: David Brown, Flagler Beach, FL, May 3, 2001