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Augustus B. Hayes enlisted on 8/8/1862 as a Private "Batty B" 1st Ohio Light Artillery. He was wounded 12/31/1862 Stones River, TN. Mustered Out on 6/16/1865 at Chattanooga, TN
Tintype, 1/9 plate, hardtack frame
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Division of Armed Forces History, Catalog number: 1979.0916.01
This picture frame is made of hardtack, a cracker-like biscuit soldiers ate during the Civil War. Inside is a tintype photo of Augustus B. Hayes. At the age of 18, Hayes enlisted in the First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Light Artillery Battery B on August 8, 1862.
Hayes was wounded on December 31, 1862, in the Battle of Stones River. Despite this, he served three more years and was mustered out June 16, 1865.
Published in Neil Kagan (ed.), 2013, Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection, (Smithsonian Books)