Captain James Hall

Captain James Hall (HM1ZFO)

Location: Lexington, VA 24450 Rockbridge County
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N 37° 45.182', W 79° 33.658'

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Pioneer, Patriot, Farmer

—Died 1816 —

Born and raised near this spot, James Hall bought 215 acres
land on Buffalo Creek, Sept. 25, 1771. As a member of
Murray's company of Botetourt Militia, which was
composed of men from the "Fork of James" area, he fought
in the battle of Point Pleasant, Oct. 10, 1774. In 1777, he
was commissioned Captain of a Militia Company, and he and
his men were ordered to Ft. Randolph built on the
battleground at Point Pleasant. There on Nov. 10, 1777 the
Shawnee chief, Cornstalk, was killed and Hall and his men
were charged with murder. Cornstalk was responsible for the
massacre of many Rockbridge settlers including some of
Hall's family. Hall was tried and acquitted. He fought the
British in Eastern Virginia in 1780 and 1781 participating in
the battle of Hot Water near Williamsburg. His wife was
Martha Gilmore. Their home of native stone still stands on
the hill one half mile to the south. He established a school
near his home and provided boarding for students. Hall's
School House operated for another generation after his
death. James and Martha lie in this cemetery, their graves
unmarked. Judge him not by today's standards; rather by
the harsh realities of frontier justice.

Dedicated September 14, 2008 in honor of The Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Horace Douty.
Year Placed2008
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Date Added Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 626769 N 4179388
Decimal Degrees37.75303333, -79.56096667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 45.182', W 79° 33.658'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 45' 10.92" N, 79° 33' 39.48" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 143 Oxford Ln, Lexington VA 24450, US
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