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Confederate (CSV)


Theodore Laurent Hazelman

(1840 - 1934)

Home State: New York

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 8th Florida Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

He was a 20 year old sailor aboard the coal ship John Carver out of Philadelphia enroute to Key West, FL in June 1861 when his ship was captured by Confederate commerce raider CSS Jefferson Davis (see her Captain William Baya). He and the crew were taken to St. Augustine and held at Fort Marion (Castillo de San Marcos) for 10 weeks. Moved to Jacksonville, then Fernandina, they were "forced" to join the Confederate Army in October 1861. He was in Captain [Holman Felix] Simmons' Company of local defense artillery, which, in May 1862, became Company C of the 8th Florida Infantry. He mustered as Private in Company F on 17 May 1862.

On the Campaign

He may have deserted, and was listed as "taken prisoner in Maryland", date not given.

The rest of the War

He enlisted in the US Navy, in AUgust 1863, serving on receiving ship USS North Carolina and blockade ship USS Fort Jackson. He may have been injured in a fire in December 1863, and was back on USS North Carolina until probably discharged for disability in June 1864.

After the War

He went to Australia, arriving at Melbourne in July 1864. He lived at Lowerton and Scope, near Kyabram. He was a boundary rider, stockman, laborer, and farmer there. He became an Australian citizen in 1913.

References & notes

Basic information from State of Florida1, which lists him as Theodore Haselman. Further details from a bio sketch from Civil War Veterans in Australia and family genealogists. His gravesite is on Findagrave.


08/14/1840; Luxembourg, BELGIUM


06/21/1934; Victoria, AUSTRALIA; burial in Kyabram Cemetery, Kyabram, Victoria, Australia


1   State of Florida, Board of State Institutions, Soldiers of Florida in the Seminole Indian, Civil and Spanish-American Wars, Live Oak (FL): Democrat Print, 1903, pp. 196 - 200  [AotW citation 15518]