Company "D" 7th WV Cavalry
Submitted by Dan Hall.
Samuel and Eliza (Eckerd) Hall, early 1900s.
GENERAL JOHN McCAUSLAND
Stories were told to me by my father about the Civil War. They were told to him by his grandfather, Sam Hall. Dad grew up in Mason County, West Virginia and knew Confederate General John McCausland, who also lived there. Dad said the general would ride over his farm riding on a small mule with his feet almost toughing the ground, overseeing the goings on. He always dressed in a suit and tie on the excursions. His house, which he built, had a cupola, or tower on top of it. People in the area said he had it built that way to keep a look out for northern citizens trying to kill him for ordering the burning of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. The general's house is still standing.
THE DOUGH AND THE SOLDIERS
Samuel Hall told my dad that one time the ”Johnny Rebs” had them trapped on the ridge of a hill and wouldn't let the down. Their food had run out and the men were starving. They decided to make an attempt to get to a farmer’s house down in the valley. They ran down into the valley, up to a farmhouse. In the window of the house a farmer’s wife had set a pan of bread dough out to rise. The men dipped their hands in the dough and ran for the hill. The Confederates saw the men and started firing at them. As my great-grandfather ran up the hill, a bullet struck his boot heel throwing his leg forward, but he got away.
THE SALOON DOOR
This event happened sometime soon after the end of the civil war.
One of our ancestors was in a saloon in the town of Buffalo, West Virginia, in Mason County. He was at the bar having a drink, when a man came up to him and started to tease him about one of his brothers who died in a southern prison camp during the war. He called his brother names and laughed at him. When the man turned to leave, the man turned around, raised his hand, which was in his pocket, and fired a pistol that was concealed there. It struck the man in the back, and he fell dead out the batwing doors of the saloon. No charges were ever filed against my ancestor.
MEETING ABRAHAM LINCOLN
Here is another story about my Great grandfather Samuel Hall. His unit was camped in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in the dead of winter. They were camped in a rail yard, or along side a siding. It was extremely cold and snowing. The troops were setting the wooden coal cars on fire to keep warm. A message came down the line to muster the troops. The president wanted to review the troops. The men lined up. Great Grandfather said he had never seen a sorrier bunch of men. Some had no shoes, or rags around their feet. Others had on no more than rags.
When the president reviewed them, he told them that he had never seen a better group of fighting men in all of his born days.
NOTE: Samuel J. Hall, Company "D" 7th WV Cavalry, died Oct 3, 1932 in Ambrosia, WV. Originally in "D" 8th Infantry, which became the 7th Cavalry. Pension Certificate 414.315.