b. 11/06/1848 Randolph County, Missouri. d. 14/12/1927 Washington DC.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 20/10/1879 White River, Colorado.
William was born in Randolph County, Missouri. He was appointed to West Point from the state of Missouri, graduating with the class of 1868.His first assignment was with the 19th Infantry. He then served in the 5th Cavalry, the unit in which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He served principally on Western Frontier duty until the Spanish–American War. It was during a battle with hostile Indians while in command of a reconnoitering party near a camp on the White River, Colorado, October 28, 1879, that he was cited for the Medal of Honor. Hall went to the rescue of a fellow officer who was surrounded by about 35 warriors. He received the medal on September 18, 1897.
He also served in Puerto Rico during the War with Spain, 1899–1900. Another notable accomplishment was that he was a member of several Army distinguished marksmanship teams, from 1879–1892, and won medals on all teams while shooting carbine and revolver. He was appointed Adjutant General of the U.S. Army on February 17, 1912, and retired from active duty on June 11, 1912.
While a colonel and Assistant Adjutant General, Hall authored the book "How to Shoot a Revolver," Kansas City: Hudson-Kimberly, 1901 (Ray Riling 1522). The author's preface is dated December 24, 1895.
With a reconnoitering party of 3 men, was attacked by 35 Indians and several times exposed himself to draw the fire of the enemy, giving his small party opportunity to reply with much effect.
BURIAL LOCATION: ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA.
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