Following the American Civil War Sesquicentennial with day by day writings of the time, currently 1863.

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Rutherford B. Hayes.

July 26, 2013

Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes

Camp White, West Virginia, July 26, 1863

Mrs. Delany: — I have seen several officers and men were with your husband at Wytheville. His company led the attack on the town. Captain Delany’s horse was killed under him and some think he was slightly wounded soon after the attack began. Captain Delany continued the attack, encouraging his men by his example until he was killed instantly by a ball in his head. His body was taken to a house outside of the town, and it is a gratification to know that it was left in charge of Father Heidekamp, a friend of your husband, who is in charge of a parish at Wytheville.

I will get together the property of your husband and send it to you as soon as practicable.

A flag of truce will be sent towards Wytheville when further particulars will be known.


R. B. Hayes, Colonel Commanding First Brigade.

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