Biographical Sketch of George Hall

GEORGE HALL, son of Edward Hall, Jr., was on board the Cumberland during its fight with the Merrimac, and swam to the boat when it went down. The British and French ships were by, as witnesses of the conflict. The Captain saw what the result must be, and inquired of his men, ” Shall we strike colors and save life, or fight on?” The gallant crew replied, ” We can be shot, or sunk in the ocean, but surrender-never.”

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