★  Hays, William

William Hays

Born: May 9, 1819
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Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia

Wife: Cornelia Georgiana Hibbard 1827 – 1905
(Buried: Protestant Cemetery, Capri, Italy)​

Children:

Ena Hays​
(Buried: Saint John’s Cemetery, Yonkers, New York)​
Louisa Hays – 1864​
(Buried: Saint Johns Cemetery, Yonkers, New York)​
Sophia Hays – 1894​
(Buried: Saint Johns Cemetery, Yonkers, New York)​
Maria Sheppard Hays Wordsworth 1854 – 1903​
(Buried: Protestant Cemetery, Capri, Italy)​
Mary Cornelia Hays 1856 – 1928​
(Buried: Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori, Florence, Italy)​
John Campbell Hays 1858 – 1900​
(Buried: Saint Johns Cemetery, Yonkers, New York)​
Sibyl R. Hays 1868 – 1936​
(Buried: Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori, Florence, Italy)​

Education:

1840: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (18th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1840 – 1847: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 2nd Artillery​
1846: Served in the Battle of Palo Alto, Mexico​
1846: Served in the Battle of Resaca de a Palma, Mexico​
1846: Served in the Battle of Monterrey, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Siege of Veracruz, Mexico​
1847 – 1853: 1st Lt. United States Army, 2nd Artillery
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1847: Served in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Capture of San Antonio​
1847: Wounded at the Battle of Molino del Rey​
1847: Brevetted Captain for Gallantry at 2 Battles​
1847: Brevetted Major for Gallantry at Battle of Chapultepec​
1848 – 1849: Garrison Duty at Fort McHenry, Maryland​
1850 – 1851: Garrison Duty at Castle Pinckney, South Carolina​
1851 – 1853: Garrison Duty at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina​
1853 – 1863: Captain United States Army, 2nd Artillery​
1853 – 1855: Served against the Seminole Indians​
1856 – 1857: Garrison Duty at Fort Independence, Missouri​
1857: Served in the March to the Pipestone Quarry​
1857 – 1858: Frontier Duty at Fort Snelling, Minnesota​
1859 – 1860: Frontier Duty at Fort Ridgely, Minnesota​
1860 – 1861: Garrison Duty at Fort Monroe, Virginia​

Civil War Career:

1853 – 1863: Captain United States Army, 2nd Artillery​
1861 – 1862: Served in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.​
1861 – 1862: Lt. Colonel and Aide in the Union Army​
1862: Commander of Horse Artillery Brigade​
1862: Served in the Battle of Yorktown, Virginia​
1862: Served in the Battle of Williamsburg, Virginia​
1862: Served in the Battle of Mechanicsville, Virginia​
1862: Brevetted Lt. Colonel for Gallantry in Peninsular Campaign​
1862: Served in the Battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia​
1862: Commander of Reserve Artillery in Battle of Antietam​
1862 – 1866: Brigadier General, Union Army, Volunteers​
1862 – 1863: Commander of Reserve Artillery until February​
1862: Commander of Artillery Brigade at Battle of Fredericksburg​
1863: Captured at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Prisoner of War, held by Confederacy – (May 4th – June)​
1863: Acting Commander of Second Army Corps, Army of the Potomac​
1863: Suffered from abscess of the scar, just below right clavicle​
1863 – 1875: Major of United States Army, 5th Artillery​
1863 – 1865: Provost Marshal, Southern District of New York​
1865: Brevetted Colonel for his service in the War​
1865: Division Commander during the Richmond Campaign​
1865: Commander of Reserve Artillery in Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1865: Brevetted Brigadier General for his role in the War​
1865: Served in Pursuit of the Confederate Army​
1865: Served in the March to Washington, D.C.​
1865: Served in Camp of Instruction for Field Artillery​
1866: Mustered out of the Union Army on January 15th

Occupation after War:

1863 – 1875: Major of United States Army, 5th Artillery​
1866 – 1867: Garrison Duty at Fort Monroe, Virginia​
1867: Inspector of Registration at Vicksburg, Mississippi​
1867 – 1869: Garrison Duty at Fort Monroe, Virginia​
1869 – 1872: Garrison Duty at Fort Independence, Missouri​
1872 – 1875: Suffered from Valvular disease of the heart​
1873 – 1875: Commander of Fort Independence, Missouri​

Died: February 7, 1875

Place of Death: Fort Independence, Boston Harbor, Massachusetts

Cause of Death: Disease of heart due to congestion of lungs and liver

Age at time of Death: 55 years old

Original Burial Place: Saint Johns Cemetery, Yonkers, New York

Current Burial Place: U.S. Military Academy Post Cemetery, West Point, New York
 
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