Stone Sentinels, battlefield monuments of the American Civil War
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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

Monument to Brigadier General Stephen Weed and Captain Charles Hazlett at Gettysburg
(above) Monment to Brigadier General Stephen Weed
and Captain Charles Hazlett on Little Round Top - see enlargement


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