Edward M. Hayhurst letters

Edward M. Hayhurst letters

Dates: approximately 1862-1865

Contains primarily letters from Hayhurst to various members of his family (usually his father, but sometimes to his mother or "Our Folks" or his young brother Joseph), as well as original enclosures such as newspaper clippings and special orders. The letters discuss his experiences as a soldier, including battles and skirmishes, camp conditions and accommodations, assignments and rank advancements, commanding officers and fellow soldiers, local scenery and attitudes, leisure activities, and unit travels, as well the goings-on in the country as a whole and at home in particular, his family's welfare and activities, all dated approximately 1862-1865.

  • Extent: 1 box
  • Creator: Hayhurst, Edward M., 1842-1923
  • Call Number: MSS 7928 Series 1
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Letters and enclosures are arranged chronologically, separated into folders in 1-4 month units.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Edward M. Hayhurst family Civil War correspondence and papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Edward M. Hayhurst letters; MSS 7928; Edward M. Hayhurst correspondence and other material; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
Subject Terms
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; Hayhurst, Edward M., 1842-1923; Hayhurst family--Correspondence
Genre / Form
Genealogies; Letters; Photographs; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
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Finding Aid Title
Hayhurst (Edward M.) correspondence and other material
Finding Aid Author
Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-02-22 12:41:03 -0700.
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Biographical History

Edward M. Hayhurst (1842-1923) was a carpenter and joiner, and a soldier in the U.S. Civil War, serving in the 124th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from 1862 to 1865. Hayhurst married Ella Weeks in September 1870 and had two children.

Edward Miller Hayhurst was born on December 20, 1842, to Louisa W. Miller and Isaac Wiggins Hayhurst, a Baptist preacher and school master of Marlton, New Jersey. When of age, Hayhurst was trained as a carpenter and joiner.

On October 12, 1862, Hayhurst enlisted as a Private in the Union Army, and became a member of Company E of the 124th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for a term of three years. By the time of his discharge after the Civil War ended, Hayhurst had risen to Sergeant. He served as Head Quarters Clerk under General C. C. Gilbert, March to May 1863; as Color Bearer, August 1863 to May 1864; and as Company Clerk from about May 1863 to June 1864 (battle of Kennesaw Mountain), until he caught typhoid fever and spent the rest of the war recuperating from the resulting ulcers.

During the course of his active service, Hayhurst's unit was involved in campaigns at Thompson's Station, Spring Hill, Tullahoma, Knoxville (relieving Burnside's Army, under siege by Longstreet), Strawberry Plains, Dandridge, and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and at Chickamauga, Poe's Tavern, Lee and Gordon's Mills, Brown's Ferry, Ringgold, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge/Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, Kingston, Cassville, Dallas/New Hope Church, Allatoona Hills, Marietta, and Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia. Hayhurst was mustered out while in the hospital at Camp Dennison, Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 18, 1865.

He married Ella Evalina Weeks in Jackson, Kansas City, Missouri on September 18, 1870, and had two children, Paul and Miriam. During the course of his life (besides his time in the service), Hayhurst lived in Elyria, Ohio; Fredonia, New York; Boston, Massachussetts; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Waco, Texas; St. Joseph, Missouri; and Denver, Colorado. He died in Denver on February 2, 1923, and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheatridge, Colorado.

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