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Hays, Alexander 1819-

Military officer; born in Pittsburg, Pa., July 8, 1819; graduated at West Point in 1844; served in the war with Mexico; left the army in 1848; did good service as captain, colonel, and brigadier-general of volunteers in the Army of the Potomac from the beginning of the Civil War, distinguishing himself in the seven days battle before Richmond in 1862, and at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was killed in battle in “The wilderness,” Va., May 5, 1864, while leading a brigade in Hancock's corps.

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