Henry Ware Hall.First Lieutenant 51st Illinois Vols. (Infantry), December 24, 186; Adjutant, September 30, 1862; killed at Kenesaw Mountain, Ga., June 27, 1864.
Henry Ware Hall, son of Nathaniel and Sarah Elizabeth (Coffin) Hall, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, March 21, 1839. His childhood was rich in promise. Uncommonly attractive in person, he had a correspondent charm of bearing and disposition. He won all hearts by his gentle and confiding ways. Nor were these characteristics less prominent as he grew in years. The moral lineaments of the child were clearly traceable in the youth, in a natural and healthy unfolding; and a growing manliness of thought and character was combined with a retained childlikeness of temper and disposition. As a single illustration of this, it may be related that, his father being from home, during his boyhood, for a continuous space of eighteen months, and his mother left with himself and three younger children, so far from taking advantage of this larger liberty, he voluntarily abridged his pastimes that he might take his father's place in such cares and labors as he was competent to share; making himself, with no persuasives save those of his own heart, the most devoted of sons. ‘I can see him,’ says a visitor at his home during that period, ‘as, each noon, he came whistling from school, his books strapped together and slung over his shoulder,—in a few minutes to be out again, at work on the grounds, whistling still, a living picture of simple, healthy, hearty happiness,’—a happiness drawn from deeper fountains than he knew. He obtained his preliminary education at the public schools of his native town; showing more and more clearly the possession of superior mental faculties. What he was in this respect, his teacher, the principal of the High School at that time, thus testifies:—