The civil war letters of Cyrus J. Hardaway were originally published in the New Berlin Gazette. The letters and the commentaries written by William Beardslee and Barbara Dundas are reproduced in this website. Access the Calendar to see an overview of existing letters along with relevant events in the life of Lt. Hardaway and wider events of the Civil War. Each letter contains a link at the bottom to an file containing the historical commentary for that letter.
All material copyright William Beardslee and Barbara Dundas, and may not be used for any purpose without express written permission.
Lt. Cyrus J. Hardaway was born in 1838 and served for two years in the Union Army’s Berdan’s Sharpshooters. In 1863, he transferred to Chenango County’s 114th New York Infantry Regiment.
Hardaway’s New Berlin connection was life long. After his father’s death circa 1840, his mother, Mary Ann Chatfield Hardaway, remarried Pittsfield’s Jesse Beardslee whose own wife, Adaline Angell Beardslee, had died in 1843. The young Hardaway grew up in a large household, with his step brother, Augustus (“Gust”) Beardslee and his younger half brother, Nathan Summers (“Sommers”) Beardslee His “letters home” to his mother written between 1861-1865 have been recently transcribed and are published for the first time in the Gazette. Lt. Hardaway’s letters have been edited by Barbara Beardslee Dundas and William Beardslee, brother and sister, who live in Australia and Colorado respectively, and retain strong affections for Pittsfield and New Berlin. In addition to the historically edited letters, brief historical commentary will be provided so that the readers might fully understand the historical context.