Charleston in Kanawha County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
Tending to Family, Fort, and Ferry
On June 15, 1863, Hayes’s wife Lucy Hayes, their four young sons, and her mother visited Camp White. The family had just settled into a cottage when the youngest son, 18 month-old Joseph, fell ill with dysentery and died. Within a week, Lucy Hayes returned to Ohio with her grief-stricken children and mother. After the war, Rutherford Hayes was elected a U.S. Senator and then governor of Ohio. He was elected President of the United States in 1877.
Another future president, William McKinley enlisted in Hayes’s regiment in 1861 as a private. For McKinley’s courage and coolness
"We have nearly finished a tolerable fort, and have a gunboat. I have thirteen pieces of artillery." - Col. Rutherford B. Hayes, Camp White, May 17, 1863
"Conley heard a couple of ladies singing secesh songs as if for his ear in a fine dwelling in town. Joe has got his revenge by obtaining an order for use three rooms for hospital patients. The announcement caused grief and dismay - they fear smallpox (a chase has appeared). I think Joe repents his victory now." - Col. Rutherford B. Hayes, Apr. 5, 1863, letter to wife, Lucy W. Hayes
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #19 Rutherford B. Hayes, the Former U.S. Presidents: #25 William McKinley, and the West Virginia Civil War Trails series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1863.
Location. 38° 21.042′ N, 81° 38.388′ W. Marker is in Charleston, West Virginia, in Kanawha County. Marker is at the intersection of Kanawha Boulevard and Court Street, on the right when traveling south on Kanawha Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Occupation (here, next to this marker); Charleston (a few steps from this marker); Temple Israel - 1873 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Charleston (approx. 0.3 miles away); State Capitol (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Block (approx. half a mile away); First Gas Well (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Lee (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
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