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This biography is from HEROES OF ALBANY, by Rufus W. Clark, D. D.

Azor T. Hayes
of Bern

Azor T. Hayes, the son of Thomas J. and Mary Hayes, was born in Bern, November 27, 1843. At the age of nine years he became a Christian, and united with the Lutheran Church at Bern. While at school he was distinguished for his excellent deportment, his fine oratory and his fondness for history.

At the commencement of the war he desired to enlist to fight for his country; but his mother felt that he was too young, and that he would be exposed to many temptations in the camp. Besides, she was a widow, and dependent, in a great measure, upon him for a support. He however, told his mother of several noble men who had been earnest and self sacrificing patriots, and who had won for themselves a prominent place in history; and he thought that perhaps he might become distinguished.

Before he was eighteen years of age he enlisted in Company E, Ninety-third N. Y. Regiment. He served faithfully for two years when his time expired. He re-enlisted, and was with the regiment in all the battles in which it was engaged, up to the time of his death. Of the circumstances of his death and burial we know nothing.

In the letters which he wrote to his mother he expressed the deepest interest in the cause to which he had devoted himself, and said that, if he fell in battle, all would be well. He leaves a widowed mother, several little sisters and brothers, and a large circle of friends, to mourn his loss.

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