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John W. Hayes
Commander
Department of New York
1945


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John W. Hays was born May 26, 1844 at
New Scotland, Albany County, N.Y. He
enlisted May 4, 1861, at Syracuse, NY in Co. H,
14th NY Volunteer Infantry. He was discharged
May 23, 1863, at Utica, NY on account of
expiration of service and re-enlisted at Albany,
NY, September 14, 1864, to serve one year in
Co. L, 11th N.Y. Cavalry (better known as Scotts 900). He was discharged June 12, 1865,
at Memphis, Tenn, by reason of General Order
no. 83, War Department, dated May 8, 1865.

Comrade Hayes was in active service at the front
at all times, during both terms of enlistment. He
was wounded in the Battle of Gains Mill, the
second day of the Seven Days' battle, in 1862.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.


John W. Hayes "passed on" September 29, 1945 at Brookview, NY, at the age of 101 years.
He had served as Sr. and Jr. Vice Department Commander and in other Department offices in
past years. He was Commander of Lew Benedict Post No. 5, Albany, NY and died while in office.

Source:
1945 Journal of the NY Dept. GAR.

 

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