Vermonter Josiah Hall entered Norwich in 1858, but suffered from illness and left the University a year later. He moved to Missouri, where he joined a cattle drive across the plains to California.
Hall found that the change of climate and outdoor living improved his health. He enlisted as a private in the 1st VT Cavalry, believing his experience in the saddle and living off the land suited him for that service. He was soon commissioned captain and promoted to major.The 1st VT Cavalry was engaged in 78 battles and skirmishes during the Civil War. In October 1863 Josiah Hall was wounded and captured by the Confederates at Brandy Station, VA. He was held as a prisoner of war for almost 10 months, most of the time in Libby Prison. In 1864, he was moved to Charleston, SC along with 50 Union officers and placed in the line of Union fire. The Federals responded by placing 50 Confederate prisoners similarly in harm's way. The two groups of prisoners were finally exchanged in August 1864. Josiah Hall rejoined his regiment and went on to become colonel of the 1st VT Calvary.
Under his command, the 1st VT took part in one of the final charges of the Civil War at Appomattox in April 1865. The item "Civil War CDV Union Colonel Josiah Hall 1st Vermont Cavalry WIA Brandy Station" is in sale since Sunday, December 9, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\Civil War (1861-65)\Original Period Items\Photographs".
The seller is "civil_war_photos" and is located in Midland, Michigan. This item can be shipped worldwide.