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||The story of Lieutenant Charles
Edward Hazlett‘s death at the Battle of Gettysburg
is well known, and appears in early newspaper accounts of
the battle within days after the troops had left
Pennsylvania. He commanded Battery D, 5th U.S. Artillery
during the July 1863 battle. His men laboriously hauled
heavy artillery pieces up the steep eastern slope of Little
Round Top, positioned them near the crest, and then joined
in the defense of the hill. His old friend and former
artillery commander, Brig. Gen. Stephen Weed, fell mortally
wounded and collapsed to the ground. As Hazlett bent over
him, a bullet killed the lieutenant.
Family members buried
Hazlett in Woodlawn Cemetery in Zanesville, Ohio, where his
family lived. His brother would also die in the Civil War,
perishing at the Battle of Stone’s River out in Tennessee.
On a recent visit to my hometown of Zanesville, I took a
few photos of the Hazlett brothers’ graves, which have been
nicely restored by the Zanesville Civil War Round Table.
Charles Edward Hazlett: Born Oct. 15, 1838,
— Cadet at the Military Academy, July 1,
1855, to May 6, 1861, when he was graduated
and promoted in the Army to
Second Lieut., 2d Cavalry, May 6, 1861.
|Served during the
Rebellion of the Seceding States, 1861‑63: in drilling
Volunteers at Washington, D. C., May to July, 1861; in the
Manassas Campaign of July, 1861, being engaged in the Battle
of Bull Run, July 21, 1861; in the Defenses of
Washington, D. C., July, 1861, to Mar., 1862; in the
Virginia Peninsular Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Mar. to
Aug., 1862, being engaged in the Siege of Yorktown, Apr. 5
to May 4, 1862, — Action of West Point, May 8, 1862, —
Battle of Gaines’s Mill, June 27, 1862, — and Battle of
Malvern Hill, July 1, 1862; in command of Battery in the
Northern Virginia Campaign, Aug. to Sep., 1862; in the
Maryland Campaign, commanding Battery (Army of the Potomac),
Sep. to Nov., 1862, being engaged in the Battle of Antietam,
Sep. 17, 1862, — Skirmish near Sharpsburg, Sep. 19, 1862, —
and March to Falmouth, Va, Oct.-Nov., 1862; in the
Rappahannock Campaign (Army of the Potomac), Dec., 1862, to
June, 1863, being engaged in the Bombardment and Battle of
Fredericksburg, Dec. 11‑13, 1862; in command of Battery
(Army of the Potomac), in the Pennsylvania Campaign,
June-July, 1863, being engaged in the Battle of Gettysburg,
July 2, 1863.
Killed, July 2, 1863, at the
Battle of Gettysburg, Pa.: Aged 25.
Buried, Woodlawn Cemetery,
The old headstone had been damaged
and broken off, so the Muskingum County Civil War
Association, Inc. (a non-profit group) raised money
to erect this new monument with a bronze relief of
the old stone.
Hazlett’s brother John’s grave is
to the left. Other family members are also buried in
memorial near the entrance to Woodlawn Cemetery in
Photos below submitted
by Andrew Warhola - click on image for larger view