Puget Sound Civil War Roundtable

Civil War Education, Remembrance and Preservation

The Washington Volunteer

NEXT MEETING: Thursday, MAY 11, 2017

China Harbor, 2040 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, Washington
Time: Social hour at 6 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m.; & Program at 8 p.m.

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In addition to the main entrée, dinner includes salad, vegetable delight, General Tso's chicken, fried rice and fresh fruit.


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Major General John Hemphill will discuss THE HONOR AND DISHONOR OF Major Granville Haller. An Army "fair haired boy" in the Mexican War, Haller continued after the Mexican campaigns as a stellar officer in Washington Territory.  In the Civil War, Haller was the Headquarters Commandant for Major General George McClellan and stayed on after McClellan was fired.  Highly loyal to McClellan, Haller offered a toast to the General at a party.  When this was reported, Haller was cashiered from the Army for sedition. Haller and his wife returned to Puget Sound.  Ten years after the Civil War, he was exonerated by Congress, and returned to the Army as a colonel commanding a regiment. After Haller retired from the Army, he was known with his wife as Seattle's first couple of First Hill. General Hemphill graduated from West Point in 1951 and was commissioned in Infantry.  His first assignment was in the 11th Airborne Division followed by the 7th Infantry Division in the Korean War. In the Vietnam War, General Hemphill commanded an Infantry battalion and brigade.  He was the last parachute brigade commander in the 101st Airborne Division. His combat decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Star Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 3 Bronze Stars for Valor; 2 Bronze Stars, 3 Purple Heart Medals, 20 Air Medals, and two foreign decorations Silver Star equivalents. In addition, he has both the Defense and Army Distinguished Service Medals, Defense Superior Service Medal, four Legion of Merits, Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals.