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First Name: Moses

Last Name: Hazen

Birthplace: Haverhill, MA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Continental Army (1775 - 1784)

Date of Birth: 01 June 1733

Date of Death: 30 January 1802

Rank: Brigadier General

Years Served:
Moses Hazen

•  Revolutionary War (1775 - 1783)


Moses Hazen
Brigadier General, Continental Army

Moses Hazen was born on 1 June 1733 in Haverhill, MA.

During the French and Indian War, he served in Rogers' Rangers and the British Army, and was wounded at the Battle of Quebec. In 1775 he was living in Quebec and receiving a military pension when he was arrested by the British and accused of spying.

After his release, he joined the Continental Army as Colonel and Commander of the Second Canadian Regiment, which resulted in the seizure of his property. Hazen's Regiment fought at Brandywine and Germantown in 1777. In 1779-80, he worked with General Jacob Bayley on construction of the Bayley-Hazen Military Road, which was never used for a planned invasion of Canada, but proved to be instrumental in the settlement of Vermont.

In 1781 Hazen was promoted to Brigadier General and commanded a brigade in Lafayette's division, seeing action at the Battle of Yorktown. After the war, he received New York land grants, which he attempted to develop while also speculating in securities. Though rich on paper, he was cash poor and so repeatedly jailed for debt. Despite health issues and lawsuits, he continued trying to improve his finances almost until his death.

In 1828 Congress approved payment to his descendants as partial compensation for his lost pension and the funds he expended to support his troops.

Death and Burial

Brigadier General Moses Hazen died on 30 January 1802 in Troy, NY. A few sources indicate he was buried in Troy, but most indicate that he was buried in an unmarked grave as one of the first interments in what is now Albany Rural Cemetery in Menands, NY.

Honoree ID: 2621   Created by: MHOH




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