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William Hays
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- David Wend
 Added: May. 9, 2014

 Added: Feb. 7, 2014

- Doug Lind
 Added: Nov. 23, 2013
William Hays: Sir, you are remembered as a career officer in the United States Army, serving as a Union Army general during the American Civil War. You served throughout the Mexican-American War with the light artillery, alongside future Civil War artilleryman Henry J. Hunt. You were wounded at the Battle of Molino del Rey, and was subsequently appointed a brevet captain for Contreras and Churubusco and major for Chapultepec. From 1853 (when you were promoted to captain) until 1854, you were engaged in the Seminole Wars in Florida, and was on routine frontier duty in 1856–60 in the 3rd and then the 5th U.S. Artillery. Then as a lieutenant colonel, you commanded a brigade of horse artillery under Henry Hunt in 1861–62 in the Army of the Potomac, serving with distinction at the Battle of Seven Pines during the Peninsula Campaign. You participated in the Battle of Antietam, where you commanded the V Corps Reserve Artillery. Your batteries were stationed on the heights east of Antietam Creek, providing long range fire against Confederate infantry positions between the East and West Woods. You commanded the artillery of the Right Grand Division at Fredericksburg. Then you were appointed brigadier general of volunteers in November 1862 and assigned command of an infantry brigade in Maj. Gen. William H. French's division in the II Corps. You were wounded and taken prisoner at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863, along with all but one of your immediate staff. You got exchanged on May 15, 1863, and sent to Fort Monroe in Virginia. Although without an official command, you rejoined the Army of the Potomac and accompanied it to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. During Pickett's Charge on July 3, Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock was severely wounded but refused to leave the field until the battle had been decided. When it became clear the Confederate charge had been defeated Hancock relinquished command temporarily to your 1st Division commander, Brig. Gen. John C. Caldwell. Later that evening, you (although still a brigadier general and junior in rank to Caldwell), was assigned to command the II Corps. You led the corps throughout the summer until permanent command was given to Maj. Gen. Gouverneur K. Warren in mid-September. In November, you were appointed provost marshal of the southern district of New York, and was also promoted to major in the regular army. At the expiration of his term in February 1865, you rejoined the Army of the Potomac at Petersburg and served again in the II Corps, this time commanding the 2nd Division. You were appointed a brevet brigadier general in the regular army on March 13, 1865, for gallant conduct, but on April 6 he was relieved of command for sleeping on duty, and your brevets were revoked. (Brig. Gen. Francis C. Barlow was given the division instead.) From that date, you commanded the Artillery Reserve of the Army of the Potomac until you were mustered out of volunteer service in January 1866. You got permanent rank of major of the 5th U.S. Artillery, and served on various posts, commanding Fort Independence in Boston Harbor from April 1873 until your death, happy 194th birthday!
 Added: May. 9, 2013
Happy 194th birthday!
- karl anglin
 Added: May. 9, 2013

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Aug. 28, 2012

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Aug. 28, 2012
Class of 1840
 Added: Aug. 27, 2012

- Lester Letson
 Added: Jul. 14, 2012
Thank you for your most valued service to our country. May you rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: May. 9, 2012
I light a candle for William Hays ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012

- Anonymous
 Added: May. 9, 2011

- Larry Boyd
 Added: May. 9, 2011
Thank you sir for your service.
- luvshistory
 Added: Feb. 8, 2011

- Åke Frisk
 Added: Feb. 7, 2011

- Bill Thayer (History of West Point)
 Added: Nov. 3, 2010
Class of 1840
 Added: Sep. 19, 2010

- Satoris LeFier
 Added: Feb. 7, 2010

- LaDene
 Added: Feb. 7, 2010

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Aug. 4, 2009

- Kathie
 Added: May. 9, 2008

- Jackie Howard
 Added: May. 9, 2007
Thank you. Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Feb. 7, 2007

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: May. 9, 2006

- PaulineNozerosBabyGirl
 Added: May. 9, 2006
Remembering you on your birthday!
- Mike Dearbaugh
 Added: May. 9, 2006
HUZZAH! & Happy Birthday to you, Sir.

You are remembered today. God bless & rest well.
- in honor of the 47th NYSV Co C - Washington Grays
 Added: May. 9, 2005

- 2kjmom
 Added: Apr. 23, 2005
- quebecoise
 Added: Sep. 15, 2004
Remembering you today. God bless and rest well, Sir.
- Just another taphophile
 Added: May. 9, 2004
Please know you are remembered; rest in peace and God bless you always.
- Grace, Peace and Love, Karen
 Added: Feb. 6, 2004

- God Bless & R.I.P. ~ Daughter Of An Angel ~
 Added: Feb. 4, 2004
Rest In Peace
- Tony Smith SCV Camp 38, North Charleston S.C.
 Added: Sep. 6, 2002
Rest In Peace,General.
- ronald deavy (Inactive)
 Added: Sep. 6, 2002

- Dragon
 Added: Mar. 1, 2002

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