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Conflict Period:
Civil War (Union) 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 2
Birth:
15 Oct 1838 2
Zanesville, Ohio 2
Death:
02 Jul 1863 2
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 2
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Full Name:
Charles Edward Hazlett 2
Full Name:
Charles E Hazlett 1
Birth:
15 Oct 1838 2
Zanesville, Ohio 2
Death:
02 Jul 1863 2
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 2
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Civil War (Union) 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 2
Enlistment Date:
1863 1
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State:
Maryland 1

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Brigadier General Stephen Weed and Captain Charles Hazlett

The monument to Brigadier General Stephen Weed and
Captain Charles Hazlett is south of Gettysburg on the summit of Little Round Top. (39.792121 N , 77.236583 W; map)

 

This was originally the monument to the 91st Pennsylvania Veteran Volunteers, erected by survivors of the regiment. When state funds became available in 1889 to build a larger monument this memoirial was relocated to a nearby boulder already inscribed to Lt. Hazlett and was altered to honor both Hazlett and Weed.

 

General Weed was the 91st Pennsylvania's brigade commander and Hazlett commanded the artillery battery who supported them during their defence of Little Round Top. Both officers had gone through heroic efforts to get their men on the hill (Battery D had hand-carried their artillery pieces up the rocky hillside) and both died in its defence.

 

The story developed that General Weed was mortally wounded by a sharpshooter and Captain Hazlett was leaning over him receiving his dying words when Hazlett, too, was struck and killed. While there is some doubt to the accuracy of the story, the monument has helped link the deaths of the two men ever since.

From the monument:

91
P.V.V. 
Reg.

Position 
July 2 ,3, 4, 1863.

Erected by the 91 Reg P.V.
in memory of Brig. Gen. Weed 
3 Brig. 2 Div. 5 A.C.
 and Lt. Chs. E. Hazlett 
5th U.S. Arty. who fell 
at this spot July 2, 1863

 

The monument stands on a boulder with an inscription that is partially visible behind the monument:

 

Hazlett fell com'r Batt'y D 5 U.S.Art'y in battle July 2nd 1863

 

5th United States Artillery, Battery D "Hazlett's Battery"

The battery was commanded at the Battle of Gettysburg by Lieutenant Charles E. Hazlett, an1861 graduate of West Point from Newark, Ohio. Hazlett was killed on July 2nd during the fighting for Little Round Top, and Lieutenant Benjamin F. Rittenhouse took over the battery.

 

From the monument:

 

Army of the Potomac
Fifth Corps Artillery Brigade
Battery D Fifth U.S. Artillery
Six Rifled 10 Pounders
Lieut. Charles E. Hazlett commanding

 

July 2 Marched to the left of the Union line about 4.30 p.m. and in rear of Brig. General J. Barnes's First Division Fifth Corps. Immediately upon taking position here at 5:45 opened fire upon the Confederates who were engaging the Division. The battery kept up a continuous fire until after dark.Lieut. Hazlett was mortally wounded and the command devolved upon Lieut. Benjamin F. Rittenhouse.

 

July 3 Remained in position and in the afternoon did effective service on the lines of infantry engaged in Longstreet's Assault.

 

Casualties: Killed 1 officer and 8 men, wounded 5 men

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