Death: Aug. 10, 1869.
son of Dennison & Roanney ( Rodney ).
Wife: Laura M. ( Hunter ) Hayward
Married May 13, 1865, at Lynden, Caledonia County, Vermont.
Laura received his pension October 22, 1869.
Burial: Lyndon Center Cemetery, Lyndon, Caledonia County,
Age: 18, credited to Burke, VT Unit(s): 4th VT INF Service: enlisted /8/7/61, mustered in / 9/21/61, CORP, Co. B, 4th VT INF, wounded, Fredericksburg, 12/13/62,discharge for wounds, 10/30/63.
CASE 885. Sergeant Rufus G. Hay ward, Co. B, 4th Vermont, aged 19 years, was wounded at Fredericksburg, December 13, 1862, and was treated in field hospital until the 18th, when he was admitted to Mount Pleasant Hospital, and thence furloughed on May 12, 1863. On August 5th, he entered the Brattleboro Hospital. Surgeon E. E. Phelps, IT. S. V., reported a "gunshot wound; ball perforating abdomen, but not lodging, with lesion of intestines." This patient was discharged the
service October 30, 1863. Pension Examiner S. Newell, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont, reported, November 4, 1864;
" Gunshot wound, ball entering the left side, wounding the intestines and bladder; urinary fistula and artificial anus resulted. He is in failing health; will probably terminate fatally in a few months;" and on November 23, 1869, Examiner C. C. Calhoun reported:
" I attended Rufus G. Hayward occasionally after his discharge up to the time of his death, which occurred on August 10, 1869, so that I was familiar with his disease up to his death. He had two abscesses on his left side, which broke out and became running sores; and, by a breaking of the colon or large intestine, there was a constant discharge of faecal matter up to the time of his death, rendering him helpless; he had also three abscesses in his back constantly discharging; an entire loss of use of left arm and leg, so that he was wholly unable to dress and undress himself, all occasioned by gunshot wounds received in action."