Egbert P. Hall, Co. A, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves

Chester F. Hall was born at Muncy, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1872, the son of Egbert P. and Clara A. (Little) Hall. His father was a veteran of the Civil War, a member of Company A, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves. He was wounded at Gaines Mills and then held a prisoner in Libby prison for nine months. He was later exchanged for southern prisoners and returned to his home to recuperate from the serious illness.

Chester attended the public schools of Muncy, was graduated from the Muncy Normal School in 1895, and Dickinson Seminary. He then entered the law office of the Hon. William W. Hart, former district attorney, senator and judge. He was admitted to the bar, April 13, 1899, and practiced law for 51 years.

He remained as a clerk in Judge Hart’s office until the latter was elected Judge in 1902, at which time Mr. Hall established his private practice. In 1904, he married Claudia Beatrice Riley, the daughter of Orsan F. and Emeline Riley, of Elmira, New York. Mr. Riley was also a veteran of the Civil War, having served with a New York outfit. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Mr. Hall was a Republican and was elected County Auditor in 1895. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., B.P.O.E., and a trustee of the Lycoming Historical Society and a member of the Muncy Historical Society. He was president of the Lycoming Law Association in 1936. He died July 14, 1950.1

Egbert Pennington Hall Egbert Pennington Hall was born on 16. Aug. 1843 at Fairfield Twp., Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Richard Compton Hall and Hannah Johnson. Egbert Pennington Hall began military service on 21. Jun. 1861; enlisted in Company A, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves. He ended military service on 20. Aug. 1862; recieved a disability discharge from Company A., Company A, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves. He began military service on 20. Jul. 1864; enlisted as a Corporal in Company F., 195th Pennsylvania infantry Regiment. He ended military service on 4. Nov. 1864 at Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; mustered out 195th Pennsylvania infantry Regiment. He married Clara Little, daughter of Abraham Little and Elizabeth Hall. Egbert Pennington Hall married Sarah Ann Egli on 13. Jan. 1887; 8 children. Egbert Pennington Hall died on 20. Jul. 1920 at Muncy, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, at age 76.

Served July 21, 1861 until November 4, 1862. Captured at Savage Station on June 29, 1862. Confined to Belle Isle, Virginia prison until sometime in the fall. Discharged for physical disability from the hospital at Point Lookout, Md. He was wounded in the thigh at Gaines Mills (part of the Seven Days Battles); imprisoned for nine months, and later exchanged for southern prisoners. He enlisted again at Lewisburg,PA with the 195th and participated in some intense fighting, serving 100 days.2

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