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Alexander Hays
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- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Jul. 8, 2014
Alexander Hays: Sir , you will be remembered as a Union Army general in theAmerican Civil War, killed in the Battle of the Wilderness. You studied at Allegheny College and then transferred to the United States Military Academy in his senior year, graduating in 1844, ranking 20th out of 25 cadets. Among his classmates were future Civil War generals Alfred Pleasonton and Winfield S. Hancock. He became a close personal friend of Ulysses S. Grant, who had graduated the year before. Hays wasbrevetted as a second lieutenant in the 8th U.S. Infantry. He served in the Mexican-American War, and won special distinction in an engagement near Atlixco. In April 1848, he resigned his commission in the army and returned to Pennsylvania. He settled in Venango County, where he engaged in the manufacture of iron from 1848–50 before briefly leaving for the California gold fields to seek his fortune. Failing that, he returned home and became an assistant construction engineer for the railroad until 1854. From 1854 through 1860, Hays was a civil engineer for the city ofPittsburgh, helping plan several bridge building projects. At the beginning of the Civil War, Hays re-entered the service as Colonel of the 63d Pennsylvania Infantry, also holding the rank of captain in the 16th U.S. Infantry in theregular army to date from May 14, 1861. His men knew him to be "as brave as a lion." During the Peninsula Campaign, he was attached with his regiment to the first brigade of Kearny's division of Heintzelman's III Corps. He fought in the battles ofYorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Savage's Station, and Malvern Hill. At the close of the Seven Days Battles, he was appointed a brevet lieutenant colonel in the regular army for gallantry in action, as Hays had directed a bayonet charge with his regiment into the enemy lines to cover the retreat of his brigade. Hays briefly went on sick leave a month later, suffering from partial blindness and paralysis of his left arm, injuries incurred from battle.Hays resumed command of the 63rd Pennsylvania during the Northern Virginia Campaign in August and again led a charge in the Second Battle of Bull Run, receiving a painful wound that shattered his leg. While recovering, he was appointedbrigadier general of volunteers, September 29, 1862. Early in 1863 Hays was made a brigade commander in XXII Corps in the defenses of Washington, D.C. His brigade, composed largely of troops surrendered after the Battle of Harpers Ferry, was added to the Army of the Potomac as the 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, II Corps.Due to his seniority, after the reassignment of William H. French, Hays was assigned command of the third Division during the Gettysburg Campaign. (Col. George L. Willard took command of Hays's brigade.) During the Battle of Gettysburg, Hays's division defended the right of the Union line on Cemetery Ridge. The division held firm in the repulse of the Confederate attack on July 3, 1863, even counterattacking the left flank of the Confederate attacking force. Hays's passion and flair for the dramatic led to a notable incident as Confederate prisoners were being rounded up: "When the smoke cleared, Hays, who was unhurt but had had two horses shot out from under him, kissed his aide in the exhilaration of the moment, grabbed a captured Rebel battle flag and riding down the division's line dragged it in the dirt ..."For his efforts at Gettysburg, Hays gained the brevet rank of colonel in the regular army. Later returning to divisional command before theBristoe Campaign, he was engaged at Auburn and Mine Run. Hays's last major engagement as a division commander was at Morton's Ford on the Rapidan River in Virginia on February 6, 1864. A demonstration in force by II Corps became a bloody fiasco with Hays's division suffering 252 casualties. Stories about Hays being drunk on duty arose from that defeat by Confederates of Lt. Gen. Richard S. Ewell's corps.When the Army of the Potomac was reorganized in early 1864 under his friend Grant's guidance, Hays was placed in command of the 2nd Brigade of Birney's 3rd Division of the II Corps. Hays was unhappy at losing division command but was happy to serve once more under Birney, with whom he had campaigned in III Corps. During the Overland Campaign, it was on this day after 150 years when Hays was killed in action near the junction of the Brock and Plank Roads in the Wilderness, being struck in the head by a Minié ball.He was buried in Allegheny Cemetery (Section 8, Lot 149) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During a campaign stop in Pittsburgh during Ulysses S. Grant's run for the presidency, he visited Hays's grave and openly wept. remembering you today after 150 years, may you rest in peace!
 Added: May. 5, 2014

- ted callas
 Added: May. 5, 2014

- ESB 1964
 Added: May. 5, 2014

- Anne Wyatt
 Added: Apr. 25, 2014

- Ernest Sharpe Jr
 Added: Feb. 18, 2014
Rest in peace, General. Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. May we always honor the high price you paid for our freedom. Your death was not in vain, for you helped preserve our Union against those who would have destroyed it. God bless the G.A.R.
- Sharon
 Added: May. 5, 2012
I light a candle for Alexander Hays ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
Rest in Peace, beloved soldier. See you in Heaven.
- Mary
 Added: Jan. 11, 2012
In Loving Memory of a Veteran.
- LaDene
 Added: Nov. 11, 2011
Sorry that I missed your Birthday, Sir. Thank You for Serving our Country!!
- LaDene
 Added: Jul. 12, 2011

- God Bless You Dear Brave Soldier ~ Rhonda Sue
 Added: Jul. 8, 2011

- Bless This Dear Brave Soldier
 Added: May. 5, 2011
In Memory of a Great General Who Served His Country Well.
- LaDene
 Added: May. 5, 2011
You are a great man, proud to have you as a great grandfather.
- james hays
 Added: Feb. 19, 2011
Christmas Blessings, Dear General Hays.
- LaDene
 Added: Dec. 24, 2010
Blessings to a Special Soldier!!
- LaDene
 Added: Dec. 18, 2010

- Bill Thayer (History of West Point)
 Added: Dec. 6, 2010
Happy Veteran's Day. Thank You for Serving Our Country!! God Bless the USA!
- LaDene
 Added: Nov. 11, 2010
In Memory of a Fallen Hero!
- LaDene
 Added: Sep. 28, 2010
So Loved..
- LaDene
 Added: Aug. 23, 2010
Some BRAVE Gave ALL...
- LaDene
 Added: Jul. 8, 2010
Happy Birthday, Dear General Hays. Thank You for your Service and Ultimate Sacrifice for the Union!! Respectfully,
- LaDene
 Added: Jul. 8, 2010

- Ethel Duggar
 Added: Jul. 8, 2010
Thank You for Your Service to this GREAT Country!!
- LaDene
 Added: Jul. 3, 2010
In Memory of a Veteran..
- LaDene
 Added: Jun. 18, 2010
In Memory of Your Service and Sacrifice for our Country!!
- LaDene
 Added: May. 30, 2010
- LaDene
 Added: May. 14, 2010
Happy Angel Day, Dear General Hays. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice, sir!!
- LaDene
 Added: May. 5, 2010

- lisa greenman
 Added: May. 5, 2010
You are Loved....
- LaDene
 Added: Apr. 17, 2010
Happy Heavenly Easter!!
- LaDene
 Added: Apr. 3, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day, sir!
- LaDene
 Added: Mar. 17, 2010
- Mr. Overmyer
 Added: Feb. 22, 2010
You Sir, were a brave and intelligent General. Your bravery at Gettysburg on the 3rd day left me in awe when I first read about you as a child. Perhaps one day I may have the honor to meet you. Thank you!!
- Satoris LeFier
 Added: Jan. 22, 2010

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Sep. 22, 2009
You are not forgotten.
- Perry
 Added: Sep. 14, 2009
General Hays I thank you for your service and sacrifice to the United States. One of my favorite generals, and your good friend, General Grant, deeply grieved over your death. I hope the two of you Generals have met on the Other Side!! Rest in Peace.
- LaDene
 Added: Jul. 31, 2009

 Added: Jul. 8, 2009

- Suzy E.
 Added: Jul. 8, 2009
Rest in Peace...
 Added: May. 5, 2009
Happy Birthday Alexander
- P.L.M.
 Added: Jul. 8, 2008
Rest in Peace.
- Eamonn
 Added: Jul. 8, 2008
Happy Birthday
 Added: Jul. 8, 2008
Rest In Peace
- Lisa Moore Parker
 Added: May. 5, 2008

- Satoris LeFier
 Added: May. 5, 2008

- angel of peace
 Added: May. 5, 2008

- FreddieD.
 Added: May. 2, 2008
Happy birthday!!!
- Eclectic One
 Added: Jul. 8, 2007
Rest in Peace.
- RebelRose1861
 Added: Apr. 2, 2007
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