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Alexander Hays
Birth: Jul. 8, 1819
Franklin (Venango County)
Venango County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 5, 1864
Wilderness Corner
Spotsylvania County
Virginia, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. A West Point class of 1844 graduate and veteran of the Mexican War, he began his Civil War service as Colonel and commander of the 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in 1861. Severely wounded at the Battle of Second Manassas, during his recovery time he was promoted to Brigadier General, US Volunteers (September 29, 1862). At the Battle of Gettysburg, as commander of the 3rd Division of the II Corps, he was stationed on Cemetery Ridge and repulsed the attacks of July 2nd and Pickett's Charge on July 3rd. After the fighting ended he rode up and down the lines with fists full of battle flags captured that day from the Confederates. On the morning of May 5, 1864, during the Battle of the Wilderness near the intersection of the Brock Road and the Orange Plank Road, he was killed by a Confederate bullet. He was posthumously brevetted Major General, US Volunteers. Today a statue of General Hays stands on Cemetery Ridge in Gettysburg and a monument marks the spot where he was killed in the Wilderness. (bio by: Ethan F. Bishop) 
 
Burial:
Allegheny Cemetery
Pittsburgh
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section 8, Lot 149
 
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Record added: Oct 13, 2001
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- 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....(Read more)
- Sharon
 Added: May. 5, 2012
I light a candle for Alexander Hays ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
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