“Sunday Salute” ~ How to Become a Captian Without Enlisting ~ Civil War

George W Hayes Finished pic 2My 2x Great Grandfather George W. Hayes was born in 1817 in Burke, North Carolina. He was the middle child of 7 born to Thomas Hayes and Sarah Rucker Hayes. He married Elizabeth Coffey (b. 1821 in Tennessee and d. August 30, 1883, in Pleasant Hill, Cass, Missouri) on February 20, 1845, in Grainger Co. Tennessee. They were blessed with 6 children. George was a farmer and he owned large amounts of property in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Missouri.

In 1862 North Carolina drew upon what resources were available to fight the War and George W Hayes CW 2many responsible citizens with no military experience were given commissions based on their prominence and promise to raise volunteer regiments and companies. George W Hayes was made Captain of Company A in General Samuel B. Spruill’s cavalry regiment. He received this honor by George W Hayes CW 11supplying food to the regiments and for recruiting others for service. He also bought coffins for some of the fallen soldiers. On at least one occasion he purchased nitrate from the C.B. Nitre and Mining Service for the amount of $534. His company was called the Cherokee Rangers.

After the war, George and Elizabeth moved their family to Pleasant Hill, MO where he died in 1898 at the ripe old age of 81. He is buried in Union Baptist Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Cass, Missouri.


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