When the Civil War broke out, anti-slavery Hayes decided to form a military company with some of his literary club friends from Cincinnati. This is when he began growing his awesome beard. He became a major in the army, and rose up the ranks to a brevetted major general (whatever that is) by the end of the war. He loved his enlisted men, and they served largely in West Virginia. Under his command was another future president, our dear friend William McKinley. Lucy and her young children would come camp with Rutherford and his troops as often as possible. She was known to "mother" the soldiers and helped tend to injuries, illness, and performed various womanly duties like sewing and having her babies die. Hayes was injured several times during the war, but always returned to his post. According to the 'pedia, he had four horses shot out from under him during military action. Talk about scary. Fucking horses. They should have used motorcycles instead. The Ohio Republican Party nominated him for Congress in 1864, and though refusing to leave the battlefield to campaign, he won and served in the House of Representatives after the war ended. Later he served a few terms as Ohio's governor.
|Always with the hand in the coat. |
Maybe he had some extra fingers.