Stephen F. Hale

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Stephen F. Hale (1818–1862) was an American politician and military officer. Stephen Fowler Hale, lawyer, was born January 21, 1818 in Crittendon County, Kentucky, and died July 18, 1862 in Richmond, Virginia as a result of wounds received in the battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia. His father was a Baptist minister, a South Carolinian, who married a Miss Manahan, of the same state.

Hale was a graduate of Cumberland University, came to Alabama about 1837, and taught school in Greene County for a year. He read law while teaching school, and in 1839 graduated from the law school at Lexington, Kentucky. Locating in Eutaw, he practiced at different times in association with Alexander Graham and T.C. Clarke.

In 1843 he was elected to the State legislature from Greene County. After serving his term in the house he retired to private life until the outbreak of the Mexican War in 1846, when he volunteered and was elected lieutenant of a company. He served in Mexico until the conclusion of peace in 1848, he then returned to Eutaw to his law practice. He was the nominee of his party for congress in 1853, but was defeated; was elected to the legislature again in 1857; was re-elected in 1859; and was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Alabama in 1859.

When the secession ordinance was passed, he was appointed commissioner to Kentucky by Governor Moore and delivered an able address before the legislation at Frankford. That same year, he was elected to represent his district in the provisional congress of the CSA. While holding that position, he was chosen Lieutenant colonel of the 11th Alabama Infantry Regiment, and repaired with it to Virginia. He remained with that command until after the battle of Seven Pines, when he was temporarily assigned to the Ninth Alabama regiment and led it into battle. The fall of Col. Moore obliged him to return to the Eleventh regiment, which he led at Gaines Mill. He was wounded fatally during that battle and died at Richmond after lingering for three weeks.[1]

Hale County, Alabama is named in his honor.[2]


  1. ^ Clifton W. Crisler, Grand Masters of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the State of Alabama Who Served the Confederate States of America
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 147.