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A Career Cut Short | by Ron Coddington
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A Career Cut Short

Carte de visite by Mathew Brady of New York City and Washington, D.C. Elisha Little Hayward started his war service in May 1861 as captain of Company H of the Buffalo Regiment, which mustered into the Union army as the Twenty-first New York Infantry. The regiment participated in several battles during its two-year term of enlistment, including Second Bull Run, Antietam and Fredericksburg. Capt. Hayward would not fight in any of them. His promising military career was cut short after typhoid fever resulted in his death in September 1862, shortly before the Battle of Antietam. Details of his funeral:


FUNERAL OF CAPT. HAYWARD.—The remains of Capt. Elisha Hayward, of the 21st regiment, were interred with military honors yesterday. The Spaulding Guard, Capt. Jewell, Citizens' Corps, Lieut. Avery, and Tigers, Capt. Wardwell, assembled at the Arsenal at the hour designated, and being joined by members of Neptune Hose Co. No. 5, and Eagle Hose Co. No. 2, marched to the residence of Capt. Hayward's mother, on the corner of Swan and Ellicott streets, and thence to the First Presbyterian church, in the following order:

Union Cornet Band.

Spaulding Guard, in Platoons, left in front

Pall Bearers.


Capt. Bailey,

Capt Cottier,

Quartermaster Wing,

Pall Bearers.

Adj't Johnson,

Adj't Ernst,

Capt. Heacock.

Officers 21st and 49th Reg'ts N. Y. V., and 74th Reg't N. Y. N. G., in twos, in inverse order of rank.

Light Guard.


Hose 5, in twos.


The services at the church were solemn and impressive. The funeral discourse was delivered by Rev. Dr. Moore, of the Washington Street Baptist church, and was a feeling, eloquent and patriotic one.

At the conclusion of the exercises, the cortege took up its line of march to the High street burying ground, where the body was deposited in its final resting-place with all the honors due a brave and gallant young soldier who died in his country's service.


After the war, veterans named a Grand Army of the Republic Post in Hayward's memory.


Researching the life and military service of this soldier is currently in progress. If you have any information to share, including letters, journals, and other personal and public documents, please contact me.


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Taken on July 20, 2012