Hays, John

"A Soldier’s View of Their Dedication," by John Hays II
September 17, 1904

John Hays II reads this poem on September 17, 1904 while at the dedication of a monument to the 130th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers on the battlefield at Antietam in Maryland.

"Antietam: Outline of the Battle" by John Hays II
June 13, 1916

John Hays II ('57) gives a detailed description of the Battle of Antietam, in which he fought with the 130th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Hays mentions the death of James Smith Colwell, a Captain in the 7th Regiment of the Pennsylvania...

Address to Reunion of the 130th Pennsylvania by John Hays II
1908

A speech by John Hays II to his former comrades in the 130th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, remarking on the Regiment’s “nine months’ trip from Harrisburg back to Harrisburg,” which was “full of tragedy and suffering with interludes that...

Address to the "Association" by John Hays II
1915

A speech by John Hays II to the “Association,” presumably a reunion group of the 130th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. Hays recalls the Regiment’s involvement in the Battle of Antietam and offers his opinion on American intervention in World...

Instructions for Officers Leave of Absence to John Hays II
May 7, 1863

The War Department issues these regulations for officers like First Lieutenant John Hays II who receive permission to go on leave from the Union Army. Hays' copy of the regulations refer to a disability report that had also been issued on May 7,...

John Hays II Brigade Adjutant General Orders
April 11, 1863

In this April 11, 1863 order from the headquarters of the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac, acting brigade commander Colonel Levi Maish appoints "Lt. John Hays, Adjutant of the 130th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers" as...

John Hays II Commission, Adjutant with rank of First Lieutenant
February 18, 1863

This certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appoints First Lieutenant John Hays II as the Adjutant of the 130th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers. The promotion is effective as of February 18, 1863. It is signed on March 11, 1863...

John Hays II Commission, First Lieutenant of Volunteers
August 17, 1862

This certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania appoints John Hays II as the First Lieutenant of Company A, 130th Pennsylvania. The promotion is effective as of August 17, 1862. Eli Slifer, the Secretary of the Commonwealth, signed the...

John Hays II Discharge Certificate
May 21, 1863

First Lieutenant John Hays II, Adjutant of the 130th Pennsylvania Volunteers, receives this discharge certificate on May 21, 1863 while at Camp Curtin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Colonel Levi Maish is the commanding officer of the 130th...

John Hays II, 1862
December 1862

View of John Hays II (Class of 1857) in December 1862. He is wearing his officer's uniform with the 1st Lieutenant insignia. The photograph is from C. L. Lochman's studio in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Leave of Absence for John Hays II
December 21, 1862

This order ("Special Order 96") provides Lieutenant John Hays II with six days of leave in order to "obtain officer's and regiment's property" that is stored in Washington D.C. and Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. The letter is written and signed...

Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States Pin
1888

John Hays' II Pin of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, an organization made up of ex-Union Army Officers who were organized after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln to protect the government from being...

Mustering in Papers for Lt. John Hays II
August 1, 1862

The mustering papers for Lieutenant John Hays II (Class of 1857), who mustered in on August 1, 1862, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Captain W. B. Lane of the 3rd US Cavalry signs this document, which allows Hays to muster in more recruits to...

Speech for the 25th Anniversary of the Founding of the Grand Army of the Republic by John Hays II
1891

John Hays II discusses the founding of the Grand Army of the Republic and praises the United States military.

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