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Sealed with their Lives

Cannon of Lt. Charles Hazlett's Battery, Little Round Top, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, near sunset, December 2008. Near this spot, Hazlett was killed as his guns -- man-handled up to the crest of the hill -- helped the Union secure this key position.

 

The commander of the 5th Corps noted, "Night closed the fight. The key of the battle-field was in our possession intact. Vincent, Weed, and Hazlett, chiefs lamented throughout the corps and army, sealed with their lives the spot entrusted to their keeping, and on which so much depended."

 

The youthful Lt. Hazlett (1838-1863) was a native of Zanesville, Ohio. Hazlett was a graduate of the West Point class of 1859. He was shot through the head and killed as the fighting ended on the 2nd day of the battle of Gettysburg.

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Taken on December 5, 2008