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16th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Soldier's Profile
John Caskey Hall
Sergeant, Company C

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birthdate: September 21, 1842 place: Franklin Township, Wayne County, Ohio
father: David Hall birthdate: place: deathdate: place:
mother: Maria Caskey birthdate: place:
pre-war occupation: place: post-war occupation: coal business place: Wooster, Ohio
married: October 21, 1874 to: Lavinnie Vinnie K. Eicher place:
wife born: .June 4, 1852 place: died: October 17, 1897 place:
child: Glenn place: died: place:
child: Elsie Dale place: died: place:
child: Robert place: died: place:
married: November, 1898 to: Susan Livingston place:
wife born: place: died: place:
died: March 29, 1907 place: Wooster, Ohio cause of death: complications of diseases
Military Career
90-day service: April 22, 1861 (?) Company ? place:
3-year service: September 10, 1861 (?) Private Company C place:
promoted: January 1, 1862 Corporal Company C
promoted: June 1, 1863 Third Corporal Company C
promoted: September 1, 1863 Sergeant Company C
discharged: October 31, 1864 mustered out with regiment place:
re-enlistment: February 28, 1865 Private 102d OVI, Company H place:
promoted: May 1, 1865 Corporal Company H
discharged: July 12, 1865 Huntsville, Alabama

Additional Details

John Hall was with the [90-day] 16th OVI when the unit was moved to Phillipi, (West) Virginia, to participate in one of the very first battles of the Civil War. When his enlistment was over, he re-enlisted for three years and was with this unit for its entire term of duty. He was in Company C, the left flank company of the Regiment.

December 27-29, 1862, John and the regiment were involved in the unsuccessful charge at Chickasaw Bayou.

May 16-17, 1863, involved in the approach battles to Vicksburg at Champion's Hill and Big Black River bridge.

May 19, 1863, John received a concussion in the first charge at Vicksburg.

June 13, 1864, while at parade John suffers a severe cut to his right ankle and foot.

In a brief biography, John mentions among his army experiences that he is involved in the He was one of the ten men detailed to shoot the bushwacker, Lieutenant Robertson. Additional details on the nature of this event are not known.

October 21, 1874, married Lavinnie Eicher, who is a sister of Joseph Eicher, another member of Company AAA, 16th OVI. Lavinnie died in 1897, and John remarries Susan Livingston in November of 1898.

John Hall lived on West Liberty Road (now Route 30), near Wooster, and had a coal business in the area behind the house.

John applied for a pension on June 4, 1898, claiming that on June 13, 1864, his right foot and ankle were injured at Morganza Bend, Louisiana. In the Declaration for Original Invalid Pension, on February 2, 1898, he claims that while going to school, he slipped and fell and injured his right ankle and he could do no duty after this time.

March 29, 1907, John died due to a complication of diseases from which he had suffered for about a year, but always bearing his suffering in a quiet manner and did not complain. Family stories have him suffering from severe arthritis.

Details provided by H. Arlan Heiser, great grandson of Sgt. Hall

First page of diary of Sgt. John C. Hall

John C. Hall

Gravesite of John C. Hall at Wooster Cemetery, Wooster, Ohio
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