The Hancock House presents: Civil War Odyssey of Essex County Soldier

The Ticonderoga Historical Society will present a free public program
entitled “Through the Gates of Hell: The Civil War Odyssey of Benjamin Hall.” The program will
take place on Friday, May 17 at 7 p.m. at the Hancock House, 6 Moses Circle, Ticonderoga.
“In 1861, Benjamin Hall was among the many young men who enlisted to fight in the Union
Army,” said Program Presenter Thomas McGrath. “He was an average young man from
Elizabethtown, New York who felt compelled to answer his country’s call in a time of peril. His
wartime experiences would take him from his home state to the battlefields of the American Civil
War, and finally, to the notorious Confederate prison at Andersonville. It is an incredible tale of
genuine bravery, the unspeakable cruelties of war, and the indomitable power of the human
spirit.”
McGrath teaches at North Country Community College in Ticonderoga. He holds a Ph.D. in
History from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master’s Degree in Civil War Studies
from American Military University, and a Bachelors Degree in History from the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst. He is the author of two books and numerous historical articles.
Reservations are not necessary to attend the free program, but seats may be reserved by
calling 518-585-7868 or via e-mail to tihistory@bridgepoint1com. Refreshments will be served.