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William Hays
Birth: May 9, 1819
Richmond City
Virginia, USA
Death: Feb. 7, 1875
Suffolk County
Massachusetts, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. He graduated from West Point in 1840, served as an artillery officer in the Mexican American War and was a Captain in the 3rd US Artillery at the start of the Civil War. Appointed a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Horse Artillery Brigade in 1862, he participated in the Battle of Antietam, Fredericksburg and was promoted Brigadier General of the II Corps in November 1862. At Chancellorsville, he was wounded, taken prisoner and was exchanged in time to fight at Gettysburg in July 1863. In November 1863, he was appointed Provost Marshall of the southern district of New York and in February 1865, he rejoined the Army of the Potomac commanding the 2nd Division Artillery Reserve at Petersburg until the end of the war. After the war, he served in the 5th US Artillery at various post until his death. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
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  Cornelia Hays (1827 - 1905)*
  Maria Shonnard Hays Wordsworth (1854 - 1903)*
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United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section 26, Row B, Grave 23
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Oct 24, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5885784
William Hays
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William Hays
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Honoring your service for the preservation of the Union.
- Wagon Master
 Added: Mar. 15, 2017
Thank you, General for your service to our country during our American Civil War. May you rest in peace, sir.
- Daniel Moran
 Added: May. 9, 2016

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