Pvt William M Hays

Photo added by Donald Coho

Pvt William M Hays

  • Birth unknown
  • Death 31 Oct 1862
  • Burial Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, USA
  • Memorial ID 82345492

Mortally-wounded at the Battle and died of wounds.

Company I, 125th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry

Thirty-two days after receiving their uniforms and Springfield rifles, the 125th Pennsylvania Volunteers, recruited in Blair, Cambria and Huntindgon Counties, fought at the Battle of Antietam. After charging through the East Woods and southward along the Smokeown Road, the Regiment reached an overextended and unsupported position in the West Woods. While in formation beyond the Dunker Church, the Regiment received most of its 229 casualties (33% of engaged) within 20 minutes but retreated with its colors intact.

Including Pvt Hays, twenty of the Regiment's 54 mortally-wounded are virtual unknowns. The families of a few of the twenty may have possessed the means to return them to Central Pennsylvania, and proper burial locations may yet be identified. Others lay among the unknowns in the Antietam National Cemetery, but the location of the remainder is known only to God. At the present time, this entry at www.findagrave.com is this Private's only perpetual memorial.


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  • Created by: Donald Coho
  • Added: 24 Dec 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82345492
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William M Hays (unknown–31 Oct 1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82345492, citing Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Washington County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Donald Coho (contributor 47638302) .