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Edward M. Hayhurst correspondence and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7928

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence between Edward M. Hayhurst and various members of his family, including his father, mother, brothers, and grandparents. The letters mostly relate to his service in the Union army (Company E, 124th regiment, Ohio Infantry) during the Civil War, and date from between June 1862 and September 1865. The collection also includes discs and print-outs of typescripts, photographs and other biographical information, his certificate of disability (April 1864), and assorted family history papers and clippings, approximately 1905-1938.


  • 1862-1938


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Edward M. Hayhurst family Civil War correspondence and papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Edward M. Hayhurst (1842-1923) was a carpenter and joiner, and a soldier in the U.S. Civil War, serving in the 124th Ohio Volunteer Infantry from 1862 to 1865. Hayhurst married Ella Weeks in September 1870 and had two children.

Edward Miller Hayhurst was born on December 20, 1842, to Louisa W. Miller and Isaac Wiggins Hayhurst, a Baptist preacher and school master of Marlton, New Jersey. When of age, Hayhurst was trained as a carpenter and joiner.

On October 12, 1862, Hayhurst enlisted as a Private in the Union Army, and became a member of Company E of the 124th Ohio Volunteer Infantry for a term of three years. By the time of his discharge after the Civil War ended, Hayhurst had risen to Sergeant. He served as Head Quarters Clerk under General C. C. Gilbert, March to May 1863; as Color Bearer, August 1863 to May 1864; and as Company Clerk from about May 1863 to June 1864 (battle of Kennesaw Mountain), until he caught typhoid fever and spent the rest of the war recuperating from the resulting ulcers.

During the course of his active service, Hayhurst's unit was involved in campaigns at Thompson's Station, Spring Hill, Tullahoma, Knoxville (relieving Burnside's Army, under siege by Longstreet), Strawberry Plains, Dandridge, and Chattanooga, Tenn.; and at Chickamauga, Poe's Tavern, Lee and Gordon's Mills, Brown's Ferry, Ringgold, Orchard Knob, Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge/Dalton, Resaca, Adairsville, Kingston, Cassville, Dallas/New Hope Church, Allatoona Hills, Marietta, and Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia. Hayhurst was mustered out while in the hospital at Camp Dennison, Cincinnati, Ohio, on May 18, 1865.

He married Ella Evalina Weeks in Jackson, Kansas City, Missouri on September 18, 1870, and had two children, Paul and Miriam. During the course of his life (besides his time in the service), Hayhurst lived in Elyria, Ohio; Fredonia, New York; Boston, Massachussetts; Fayetteville, Arkansas; Waco, Texas; St. Joseph, Missouri; and Denver, Colorado. He died in Denver on February 2, 1923, and was buried at Crown Hill Cemetery in Wheatridge, Colorado.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Civil War correspondence of Edward M. Hayhurst to and from his family, including typescripts; as well as photographs, genealogical papers, and other family materials.


Letters from Edward Hayhurst (and typescripts thereof) are arranged chronologically, as far as dates are known or can be estimated. Letters to Edward from others, and from various family members to each other, are arranged by individual, then chronologically.

Custodial History

After their writing, the letters and other materials are known to have been in the possession of Clinton Errol and Louisa Hazel Cooper Meyer. After their death, the papers were discovered by their son, Richard A. Meyer. Meyer, jointly with his sister Patricia Gooch, donated the papers, along with his own transcripts of the letters, to Special Collections on July 22, 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard A. Meyer and Patricia Gooch; July 2011.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

See also the Narrative of the surrender of a command of U. S. forces at Fort Fillmore, N. M. (MSS 882), Collection of Civil War photographs (MSS P 25), and Civil War miscellany (MSS SC 907).

Processing Information

Processed; David Whittaker, curator of 19th Century Western & Mormon Americana, and Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist; 2011-2012.

Edward M. Hayhurst correspondence and other material
Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist
2012 February
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States