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BRIGADIER GENERAL HARRY T. HAYS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/31/1855 - HFSID 286533

HARRY T. HAYS ALS informing a client of a land bounty Autograph Letter signed: "Harry T. Hays", 1 page, 7¾x10. New Orleans, Louisiana, 1855 December 31. To Samuel P. Collins, Bastrop, Louisiana. In full: "Yours of the 17th inst.

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HARRY T. HAYS
ALS informing a client of a land bounty
Autograph Letter signed: "Harry T. Hays", 1 page, 7¾x10. New Orleans, Louisiana, 1855 December 31. To Samuel P. Collins, Bastrop, Louisiana. In full: "Yours of the 17th inst. has just been received, and I am glad to have heard from you, as I have been endeavoring for the last twelve months to ascertain where a letter would reach you. Through a recommendation of the late J. L. Mathewson I saw he had moved an application for Land Warrant for Samuel P. Collins private in Capt. Wilks Company 1st Regt. Miss. Vol. Through the agency of one of our late members of Congress I obtained the warrant for 100 acres, but not knowing or being able to ascertain your whereabouts I could not apprize you of the fact. It does not appear that Mr. Mathewson's fee has ever been paid. If it has not you will owe his estate $20. Should you have paid him and have his receipt, endorse the same to me and I will at once forward to you the Warrant. If you have not paid him the Warrant will be sent to you upon receipt of the above amount, to wit $20. Yours respectfully". Harry Thompson Hays (1820-1876), a New Orleans lawyer and Mexican War veteran, was a Whig Presidential Elector for Winfield Scott in 1852. Fighting for the Confederacy, he fought at First Manassas and under Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley. Promoted to command of the 1st Louisiana Infantry ("the Louisiana Tigers"), he led troops at Antietam (where half his brigade perished), Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. On the first day at Gettysburg (July 1, 1863), his men seized a portion of Cemetery Hill toward evening, but -finding themselves unsupported - they had to withdraw. Pickett's unsuccessful charge on July 3 was directed at this strong point, by now well defended by Union troops. Hays again saw the heat of battle at The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse in 1864, seriously wounded again. After a pardon by President Johnson, Hays was briefly sheriff of New Orleans in 1866, removed at the urging of Union General Phil Sheridan. The land bounty to Collins was no doubt a reward for service in the Mexican War. 1 horizontal 2 vertical fold creases. Foxing throughout letter. Adhesive residue near center right edge. Pin-sized holes at center of fold creases. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Torn at bottom of vertical fold creases.

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