|Birth: ||Jan. 14, 1844|
Cape Girardeau County
|Death: ||Apr. 18, 1889|
Thomas Jefferson Hall was a Union Army veteran of the Civil War, later referred to as the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR). At the out break of war, he lived in White Cloud Township, Mills County, but it was from nearby Glenwood, Mills County, Iowa, that he enlisted as a Private on 21 Sept 1861 at the "reported" age of 19. Some fibbing is suspected as his is birth year was 1844, and so, he was really only just 17 years and three months at his time of enlistment.
Initially, Thomas enlisted with Company B, Nebraska Volunteers (Cavalry), known as the "Curtis Horse", which was composed of eleven cavalry companies from several different states. Company B itself was recruited at Omaha, Nebraska, by J. T. Croft, and in Mills County, Iowa, by Milton S. Summers. About thirty of the Company's men were from Iowa and Thomas J. Hall was one of those thirty men. He mustered into the Army on 21 Sept 1861, the same day as his enlistment.
On 25 June 1862 the regiment, by federal government order, gave up its title of "Curtis Horse" and was designated as the 5th Iowa Cavalry. The regiment veteranized on 01 Jan 1864. During the war, his Regiment served in several important battles, most notably the overland march to Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia under General Sherman's command. During the withdrawal from Georgia, the 5th Iowa was the rear-guard of Sherman's Army. At one point, from the rear, an overwhelming angry force of Rebel Cavalry was in hot pursuit and, as the 5th Iowa Cav turned to face and delay them, they discovered that a Rebel Infantry picket line had formed between them and Sherman's Army. The 5th was surrounded and their only chance to survive was to charge the Infantry. With pulled sabers they succeeded in breaking through the Infantry lines with only a few casualties.
After the war ended, Thomas mustered out, as a Private, 11 Aug 1865 with his Regiment at Nashville, Tennessee. The 5th Iowa Cavalry was then sent by rail to Clinton, Iowa and it was from there that he may have started his final leg home to White Cloud, Mills County, Iowa on 14 Aug 1865.
About six years later Thomas was married, relocated nearby to farm the soil of Fremont County, southwest of Thurman. It was in Thurman he started his family from which I descend from his eldest son, Wallace Wilbur Hall.
Sadly Thomas died young in life, at age 44 and ten months, and rests in peace in the Thurman Cemetery. His widowed wife, Catherine or "Kate", carried on without him to raise his children and never remarried.
Joseph John Hall (1815 - 1902)
Katherine Eva O'Byrne Hall (1844 - 1913)*
Laura Belle Hall Orr (1872 - 1959)*
Rosemond May Hall Mann (1873 - 1945)*
Wallace Wilbur Hall (1875 - 1954)*
Edward Emmett Hall (1877 - 1930)*
Charles Cornelius Hall (1879 - 1952)*
Cora H Hall McCord (1881 - 1962)*
Katherine Pearl Hall Adams (1884 - 1964)*
Myrtle C. Hall Cogeshall (1887 - 1944)*
Survilla Jane Hall Warren (1838 - 1911)*
Thomas Jefferson Hall (1844 - 1889)
Hebert Charles Hall (1846 - 1885)*
Adelade A. Hall Fisher (1851 - 1933)*
Cornelius D Hall (1853 - 1934)*
Henry Segal Hall (1862 - 1949)*
William A. Hall (1867 - 1940)*
Plot: Sec 5 Row 19
Maintained by: RD Hall
Originally Created by: kweaver
Record added: Jun 20, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92265414