Alexander "Fighting Elleck" Hays: The Life of a Civil War General, from West Point to the Wilderness

Front Cover
McFarland, Jan 1, 2005 - History - 222 pages
0 Reviews
Although he never achieved the renown of Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee, General Alexander Hays was one of the great military men of the Civil War.
Born July 8, 1819, in Franklin, Pennsylvania, Hays graduated from West Point and served with distinction during the Mexican War. When the Civil War began a few years later, it was no surprise that Hays immediately volunteered and was given the initial rank of colonel with a later meritorious promotion to general. Hays was also known for his concern for his men, a fact that no doubt contributed to the acclaim which he received after his death on May 5, 1864, at the age of 44.
From West Point to the Civil War, this biography takes a look at Hays's life, concentrating--with good cause--on his military career. Personal correspondence and contemporary sources are used to complete the picture of a complex man, devoted husband and father, and gifted and dedicated soldier.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

ONE Sam Hayss Son
5
TWO Alexander Is the Best Rider at West Point
12
FOUR I Have Not Yet Determined on a Profession
43
Colonel Alex Hays
51
The Peninsula Campaign
61
Second Bull Run
77
EIGHT Alex Hays Has Triumphed
86
NINE The Angel of Death Alone Can Produce Such a Field
100
TEN Annihilating Lees Forces by Masterly Inactivity
121
Mortons Ford
138
Memorials to Fighting Elleck
169
Accusations of Drunkenness
179
Bibliography
207
Index
215
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

Wayne Mahood is professor emeritus at State University of New York, Geneseo

Bibliographic information