Rutherford B. Hayes

1822 Oct 4: Born in Delaware, OH. (1)

1864: Was Hayes involved in the burning of the Shenandoah Valley? At the beginning of the US Civil war, Hayes was appointed as a major in the 23rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and rose to the rank of major general. (1) Several Ohio units were involved in the burning of the valley. (2)

1876: Elected 19th President of the US and honors his pledge to serve only one term. (1)

1893 Jan 17: Dies at his home Spiegel Grove in Fremont, OH. (1)


1. "Biography of Rutherford B. Hayes," (Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center; accessed 2009 Jul 25)..

2. John L. Heatwole, The Burning: Sheridan's Devastation of the Shenandoah Valley (Charlottesville, Virginia: Rockbridge Publishing, 1998). Page 220 has a quotation from Hayes about the effects of burning, but it does not say whether he was directly involved.

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