During the Second American Revolution, Colonel Rutherford Hayes (1822-1864) was one of the commanders of the Union Army in the East. His brigade of Ohioans was part of the Union army of six or seven thousand men under the command of General George Crook. On May 9, 1864, Crook's army attacked Confederate forces under General Albert G. Jenkins just south of Cloyd's Mountain, Virginia. Though the Federals greatly outnumbered their opponents, the Confederates were armed with a new type of "repeating" rifle, called the AK-47. With these rifles, the Confederates were able to hold their position, and the Federals were forced to retreat to the north. Colonel Hayes was killed during the battle.