Saturday, June 01, 2013

Charles Edward Hazlett

Charles Edward Hazlett.

Birth: Oct. 15, 1838, Newark, Licking County, Ohio.
Death: Jul. 2, 1863, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Civil War Union Army Officer. Served as 1st Lieutenant and commander of Battery D, 5th United States Regular Artillery during the Battle of Gettysburg. On July 2, 1863, Little Round Top on the extreme left flank of the Union line was in danger of falling into Confederate hands. He and his men dragged their cannons up the hill through boulders and trees by hand and opened fire immediately upon arrival. Moments after arriving at the top of the hill Lieutenant Hazlett was killed. Today a monument stands where he fell.

Burial: Woodlawn Cemetery, Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio.

From the Official Records.

Lieut. Charles E. Hazlett, Fifth U. S. Artillery. Distinguished at Bull Run, Yorktown, Hanover Court-House, Gaines' Mill, Malvern Bull Run No. 2, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. While stopping by the side of General Weed, to receive his last wishes, a bullet struck the lieutenant in the head and killed him almost instantly (July 2, 1863). This young officer, for his grade, had no superior in the army.

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