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Edward Mortimer Hayes
Brigadier General, United States Army
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Born in New York City, December 28, 1842, he enlisted in the Army on August 28, 1855 and served in the 2nd Cavalry in Texas under Colonel Robert E. Lee and Captain Kirby Smith until August 28, 1860.

He was promoted to First Lieutenant, 10th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, January 15, 1863, and to Captain, March 24, 1864. He was honorably mustered out of the volunteer service on July 24, 1865.

He was appointed from New Jersey, Second Lieutenant, 5th U.S. Cavalry, on February 23, 1866, and was promoted through the grades to Brigadier General, January 15, 1903. He retired from the Army on January 26, 1903.

He served on the Frontier, in many Indian campaigns and in Cuba during the Spanish-American War and in the Philippines during the Insurrection there. He was breveted Major, U.S. Volunters, March 13, 1865, "for gallant and meritorious service during the campaign in Georgia and the Carolinas (Sherman's March to the Sea); and to Major, U.S. Army, for "gallant services in action against Indians at Beaver Creek, Kansas, October 25-26, 1868." He died on August 15, 1912 and was buried in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.

His wife, Gertrude McElrath Hayes (1849-1921), is buried with him.

The General's son, Jack Hayes, Colonel, Quartermaster Corps, is buried nearby.



GENERAL EDWARD M. HAYES DIES
Retired Veteran of Several Wars Was Known as “Fighting Jack” Hayes.

MORGANTON, North Carolina, August 15, 1912 – Brigadier General Edward Mortimer Hayes, USA, retired, familiarly known as “Fighting Jack” Hayes, died here today.  He was 71 years old, and a native of New York, where he resided after his retirement.

General Hayes enlisted in 1855 and served in Texas under Colonel Lee and Captain Kirby Smith until August 28, 1860.  At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Ohio cavalry and was made Lieutenant in 1863, and Captain in 1864.  He was mustered out in 1865 and the following year appointed from New Jersey to a Second Lieutenancy in the Fifth United States Cavalry. He was made First Lieutenant the same year, Captain in 1874, Major in 1893, Lieutenant Colonel in 1899, Colonel in 1901, Brigadier General in 1902 in which year he retired.

General Hayes served on the frontier in many Indian campaigns and in Cuba and the Philippines.


HAYES, EDWARD M
BRIG GEN USA RET
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF DEATH: 08/15/1912
DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
BURIED AT: SECTION WDIV  SITE 472
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

HAYES, JACK
COL QMC
DATE OF DEATH: 01/10/1925
BURIED AT: SECTION W  SITE LOT 479
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

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EM Hayes Gravesite PHOTO June 2003
Photo By M. R. Patterson, 28 June 2003