Rank(s): Marine Private
Dates of Service: 5/11/1811 - 6/19/1814
Birth Date: 1783
Samuel Hall was born around 1783 in Chittenden County, Vermont.
Hall worked as a farm laborer until October 25, 1809 when he enlisted for five years in the Marine Corps under Captain Thomson in Boston. He served as a corporal on the USS John Adams but deserted from the ship on March 5, 1811. He was recaptured and demoted to private. Hall was described as having dark hair, a dark complexion, and hazel eyes. He stood 6 feet, ½ inch tall.
Hall reported for the first of his two tours of duty aboard Constitution on May 11, 1811, transferring from the Marine Barracks at Boston, Massachusetts. He was transferred to the Washington Navy Yard on April 7, 1812, but returned to the ship on June 11, 1812. Hall had somehow achieved the rank of sergeant, despite his earlier desertion. Hall departed the ship for the last time June 19, 1814, transferring to the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Battles and Engagements
During Hall’s time on board, the ship patrolled the American coast enforcing US trade laws, and later made a diplomatic voyage to northern Europe. He participated in victories over HMS Guerriere on August 19, 1812 and over HMS Java on December 29, 1812. Hall also participated in a subsequent war cruise, capturing one small British man-of-war and three merchantmen.
Hall’s place and date of death are unknown.