Santa Cruz County History - People

Old Soldiers: Santa Cruz County Civil War Veterans
by Robert L. Nelson

HALL, JAMES ( -1915)

Santa Cruz Sentinel (February 26, 1915)

Veteran Hall Dies Here

James Hall, a veteran sailor of the Civil War was buried yesterday in SCruz/OMP Cemetery. He came here a month ago while on a furlough from the Soldiers' Home. He was a total stranger in the city, very quiet and unobtrusive in deportment. He made no acquaintances except with one or two persons near where he moved on Riverside Avenue. He was stricken with paralysis when near his rooms, was discovered and taken to the county hospital where he died about thirty-six hours after arriving. He never recovered his mind after the stroke.

The only scrap of information found on his person or among his few effects was a furlough from the soldiers' home, dated January 1st. He had told a lady near where he roomed that he had no relatives in this country, that he was born in Portugal.

The Grand Army folks took the matter up and refused to have him buried in the potters field, they providing a lot and had him buried with other veterans.

He was poor, lonely man wandering about for what reason nobody will ever know. But he had a Christian burial beside his comrades in arms, and a headstone will be set at his grave by his comrades. It is a fixed principle with them that no veteran shall ever be buried in the potters field if they can prevent it.

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