Brevet Major General Alexander Hays
Army of the Potomac
Alexander was born 8 July 1819 in Pennsylvania. He went to West Pint and graduated in 1844, a year behind Grant. He and Grant were friends. He received the rank of 2nd Lt and went to the Mexican War. He resigned his commission in 1854 and worked as a civil engineer from 1854 – 1860.
In 1861, he reentered the military as a Col in the 63rd PA. At one time he was a division leader, but by May 1864, he commanded the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Division of the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac.
He was killed 5 May 1864 near the intersection of Brock and Plank Roads when he was hit by a minie ball in the head. He is buried in Pittsburgh, PA.