July 10, 2013

Stamp cancellation slated at Kent-Delord House


---- — PLATTSBURGH — Stamp and First-Day cover enthusiasts will have a chance to add to their collection when a special cancellation surfaces this weekend.

The Clinton County Historical Museum’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee will be set up at the Kent-Delord House on Cumberland Avenue from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A unique cancellation has been developed in recognition of the Battle of Chancellorsville and a Plattsburgh chaplain who participated in that battle.

“Last year we honored the county’s veterans who fought during the Battle of Gettysburg,” CCHA’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee chairperson Geri Favreau said. “This year we are proud to honor the Rev. Frank B. Hall, who was one of only four chaplains to receive the Medal of Honor for service during the Civil War.”

Eugene Wood of the U.S. Postal Service will hand cancel the Civil War themed stamps attached to the specially printed envelopes.

On the left side of the legal-size envelope will be a picture of the Medal of Honor and the words “Civil War Commemoration In Honor of Clinton County Men Who Fought at Chancellorsville, VA Campaign May 2-3, 1863.” The right side will be stamped with “150th Chancellorsville Campaign Medal of Honor Recipient Rev. Francis B. Hall Battle of Salem Church.”

The Rev. Hall lived at the Kent-Delord House. He is named in the family tree outline “Three Generations of Delords at Plattsburgh 1894-1913,” in the booklet “Love & Duty, Student Edition” by Margaret J. Krapf, based on the original text of “Love & Duty Letters and Diaries of the Delord-Webb Women 1794-1913” by Virginia Mason Burdick.

Hall was born in 1827 and died in 1903. He married Frances “Fannie” Delord Webb (1834-1913) in 1856.

Research by local history researcher Vickie Evans, for the CCHA, states: “The 16th New York Volunteer Regiment was at Salem Church (Virginia) on May 3rd. Rev. Francis Hall was part of the 16th Regiment. Casualties were many, men were laying on the field in pain and agony. Later witnesses talked about how Rev. Hall had ridden out onto the field of battle on his horse, ‘Zollicoffer,’ numerous times to bring wounded men back to the hospitals for treatment. For his act of bravery he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1895.”

“I think Zollicoffer should be recognized, too,” said Favreau. “From what I read, he was quite a horse.”

According to the booklet, “Henry Delord and His Family” by the late Allan S. Everest, Hall bought Zollicoffer from Dr. William Crandall, the regimental surgeon, two days after arriving at his duty post, White Oak Church, Va.

The steed was “a great black six-year-old horse which could outrun any other in the regiment. He was well trained and unafraid of the sound of cannon and shells, and he and his rider became inseparable.”

It’s not stated what happened to Zollicoffer but Hall’s Medal of Honor is on display at the Kent-Delord House. 

“We are honored to be co-sponsors of this special cancellation with the Kent-Delord House,” Favreau said. “Chaplain Hall was a real hero and we don’t always hear about the heroes who lived in our town.”

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