"HAYES' FIELD" Burkittsville Things to Do Tip by mtncorg
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Here is where directions found in the Luvass/Nelson 'Guide to the Battle of Antietam' come into play as there are monuments to guide you and the only signs read 'No Trespassing'. Across this field atop South Mountain, LTC Rutherford B. Hayes directed his 23rd Ohio Regiment against the North Carolinians of Samuel Garland. Hayes was shot in an arm, but luckily for him, the break was clean. If the bone had splintered, he would have had to have had an amputation. As it was, he was out of action for several months. It was not his last wound, either. He was to suffer four wounds during the War. The 23rd Ohio not only boasted of Hayes - the future 19th President - as a member of the Regiment, but also included a quartermaster sergeant by the name of William McKinley - the future 25th President of the United States and the only one of five Presidents who served actively in the Civil War - Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Harrison and McKinley (one could include Chester Arthur since technically he served as a Brigadier General but he never left New York). The 23rd Ohio would go on to take part in the battle of Antietam a few days from the actions here at Fox's Gap without their commander Hayes, but with their quartermaster sergeant who would acquit himself with some degree of fame for his actions there.