Francis (Frank) Bloodgood Hall
This photograph of Francis (Frank) Bloodgood Hall was probably taken
about the time of the American Civil War. He was born in New York
on November 16, 1827, the son of Major Nathaniel Nye Hall and Margaret
Bloodgood. Frank grew up in Hartford, CT, and Schenectady,
NY. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was a
Presbyterian minister all of his life. He married Frances (Fanny)
Delord Webb on May 14, 1856. Frank was a chaplain for the 16th
New York Regiment during the Civil War. He kept an extensive
journal describing his camp life during the war. He refused any
pay for service to his country. He was at the battles of
Fredericksburg, Chancelorsville, and Salem Heights, VA. At Salem
Heights he rode his horse out onto the battlefield to rescue wounded
soldiers, and he was later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for
that bravery in combat. After the war, he and Fanny returned to
Plattsburgh and he established the Peristrome Presbyterian
Church. He was active in the Plattsburgh community and every year
took a long hike in the Adirondack Mountains with friends. He was
a minister to the prisoners at Dannemora state prison; a member of the
State Charities Aid Association; an advocate for Fresh Air Children;
and a frequent visitor to soldiers at the Plattsburgh Barracks.
He joined his wife in the production of Fanoline skin salve.
Frank died at the Kent-Delord House on October 4, 1903.