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.
Here is Hazlett’s biography from Cullum’s Register, a directory of West Point graduates.
Charles Edward Hazlett: Born Oct. 15, 1838, Newark, OH.
Military History. — 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.
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 this vicinity.
Here is John Hazlett’s headstone, similarly restored.
Civil War memorial near the entrance to Woodlawn Cemetery in Zanesville, Ohio. My wife has family members buried in this same cemetery.