Oh, anytime you see lousy stinking situations like that in Bleeding Kansas there are always poor innocent sods caught in the middle. Lots of them, just wishing all these crazy people with the guns and the violence would go away somewhere.It was a pretty ugly business. I don't know if Hamilton wanted to kill for a purpose or if it was his purpose, but it was one of the nasty deeds going on, that's for sure.
I'd feel sorry for Hall, but that would imply he was innocent. Innocent and Bleeding Kansas don't mix too well, unfortunately.
Maybe he was, but its still hard to think innocent until proven guilty truly applies.
Probably an awful lot of them in the Civil War as well. Probably a lot in Missouri and Tennessee and Kentucky and ... well, those are the people Larry Cockerham wishes we would remember more.