Rank and organization: Coxswain, U.S. Navy. Born: 1831, Philadelphia,
Pa. Accredited to: Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 45, 31 December 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge when she destroyed the Alabama off
Cherbourg, France, 19 June 1864. Acting as second captain of the No. 2
gun during this bitter engagement, Hayes exhibited marked coolness and
good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by
the divisional officer.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)