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B257: Papers of Hays Family, August 1860-June 1865

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Identifier: A0286-00282

Title: B257: Papers of Hays Family, August 1860-June 1865


Colonel Upton Hays raised a brigade of Confederate cavalry in and around Westport, Mo., which fought in Missouri. He was married to Margaret J. Watts, daughter of Missouri Senator John S. Watts. He was killed at the Battle of Newtonia, Mo., on September 13, 1862.

Contains typescript copies of letters of Margaret J. Hays, Westport, to her mother and other family items. The letters describe the depredations of jayhawkers in Westport, including the losses incurred by Judge James Brumfield Yaeger (p. 3); and the news of her husband's death. Typescript also includes newspaper obituary of John S. Watts (p. 11); verse from a poem written by a Confederate soldier (p. 10); and a letter of Geo. A. Campbell to Mrs. Hays, dated September 12, 1864, regarding the action of her husband's old regiment, including description of a battle for a federal fort in Arkansas.


Place: United States

Dates: 1860-1865

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Hays, Margaret J. Watts

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Guerrilla warfare


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