Alexander Hays, American army officer. Served with United States Army on frontier in Louisiana after 1844.
Hays, Alexander was born on July 8, 1819 in Franklin, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Samuel and Agnes (Broadfoot) Hays.
Graduated from the United States Military Academy, 1844.
Served with United States Army on frontier in Louisiana after 1844. Brevetted First lieutenant for services at battles of Palo Alto and Resaca-de-la-Palma in Mexican War. Resigned commission, 1848.
Prospected for gold in California, 1849-1851. Engaged in construction business in Pennsylvania, 1851-1861. Returned to the United States Army with rank of captain 16th Infantry, 1861.
Promoted to colonel 63d Pennsylvania Regiment in defense of Washington (District of Columbia), 1861. Served in Army of Potomac, 1862-1864. Brevetted major for services at battles of Fair Oaks, Peach Orchard and Glendale (Virginia).
Brevetted lieutenant colonel after Battle of Malvern Hill, 1862. Wounded at Battle of Manassas. Given command of division, 1863.
Brevetted colonel for conduct in Battle of Gettysburg.
Served with United States Army on frontier in Louisiana after 1844.