Bernard Hayes was born in Ireland, circa 1829, and later moved to East Boston, Massachusetts. He married Margaret Lynch, and together they had four children. He worked as a worm cutter until he enlisted in the Ninth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry on June 11, 1861 during the American Civil War at the age of 32. Hayes served for three years, eventually being promoted to colonel, until his death in 1864 during the Battle for the Wilderness in Virginia.
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Bernard and Margaret Hayes letters
This collection contains correspondence exchanged by Bernard Hayes and his wife, Margaret, while Bernard was serving as a Union solider in the Ninth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry in the American Civil War. Most letters are from Bernard. Additionally, it contains the notice of Hayes's death during the Battle of the Wilderness and treasury certificates for payments made to Margaret.
Open for research; digital version also available.