GAR Post organizer

Harry Hale was buried in the Richmond Methodist Episcopal Cemetery (the old M.E. Church Cemetery). He served as GAR organizer for  Post No. 427, Department of Ohio, G.A.R. It was organized April 1, 1884 at Richmond, Ohio.

The Post was named after Joseph Harry H. Hale.  He was born near Richmond, Ohio on April 1, 1839 and enlisted for service on May 18, 1861 at Wellsburg, West Virginia in Company G. 1st infantry.  He died in the Virginia Hills on July 11, 1861.  He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of this village.  This being the burial of the first fallen soldier of this vicinity and all that remained on earth of our comrade was laid away in the Methodist Episcopal Cemetery to rest. (Taken from D. W. Thompson, History of Richmond)

Harry Hale GAR Post, Richmond, Salem Township

The Harry Hale Post of Richmond, above. This photo was taken about 1907 and appears in D. W. Thompson's book, History of Richmond, published by the Richmond Historical Society. Front row left to right: Charley Roberts, Samuel Arnold, Elijah Cole, John Hammond, Lew Whitmore, Wm. P. Barns, Emanuel Gillie. Back row: George Berry, John Beresford, Luther Jenkins, James Sampson, George Miller, Frank Hohl, Ed Elson, and Seth Dorsey. Harry Hale Post No. 427 of the G.A.R. stated their purpose: to render perpetual the fond memories and tender ties of the living and the dead engaged in mighty struggle; to give charity to the bereaved, helpless and homeless…