I am looking for any family records of General Alexander Hays or is sometimes second in command Major James F Ryan of Company D of the McKeeport 63rd Infantry.
General Hays wife by the Pittsburgh Social Index of 1877 was related to President John Adams. I believe his son Gilbert Adams Hays wrote a book about the 63rd titled Under the Red Patch.
I am trying to reconstruct the involvement of the 63rd at Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg based on some first hand accounts in Gilbert Adams Hay's Book.
Alexander Hays was from Meadville PA and General Mead put General Hays in charge of the defense of Pickett's Charge at the last minute. I don't think that's a coincidence.