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Austin Hazard, Woodstock

Regiment:54th Massachusetts Infantry (Colored)
Date of Enlistment:12/24/1863
Date of Discharge:08/20/1865

Austin Hazard was a butcher who saw army service before enlisting at the age of 32. He was married to Rhoda Hazard and together they had five daughters. While still a civilian, Hazard accompanied the 1st Vermont Brigade as a servant to the officers of the Woodstock Light Infantry Company. He was stationed in Virginia with the regiment for the entire three-month enlistment. After the army opened itself to black recruits, he enlisted as a regular soldier. While awaiting assignment at the new recruit depot in Hilton Head, South Carolina, he was detailed as a regimental cook. After returning home he was active in George C. Randall Post #82 G.A.R. He died on March 3, 1886 of rheumatism and is buried at the River Street Cemetery in Woodstock.