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soldier , explorer

Willard Glazier, American soldier, explorer. Served 1861-1865, private to First lieutenant and brevetted captain, Harris Light (2d New York) and 26th New York cavalry.

Background

Glazier, Willard was born on August 22, 1841 in Fowler, New York, United States. Son of Ward and Mehitable (Bolton) W.

Education

Worked on farm summers, attended district sch winters. At 15 a trapper in the woods, earning means for higher education. 2 years at Gouverneur Wesleyan Seminary.

Later at State Normal College, Albany. Teaching school at intervals.

Career

Served 1861-1865, private to First lieutenant and brevetted captain, Harris Light (2d New York) and 26th New York cavalry. Took part in over 60 battles and engagements. 14 months in Confederate prisons, 1863-1864, escaped, was recaptured and escaped a 3d time and reached Union line at Savannah after trial as spy.

Toured United States and Canada, 1865-1875, gathering literature material. Rode horseback, Boston to San Francisco, 1876. Located 1881, and verified on 2d expedition, 1891, true source of Mississippi, in a lake beyond Itasca, now known as Lake Glazier.

Organized and was colonel provisional regiment, Illinois vols., for the Spanish war, 1898. Visited Southern States and W. Indies, 1899. Explored coast and interior of Labrador, 1902.

Lecturer. Author: Ocean to Ocean on Horseback, 1896. Home: Albany, New York.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Ocean to Ocean on Horseback, 1896.

Membership

Served 1861-1865, private to First lieutenant and brevetted captain, Harris Light (2d New York) and 26th New York cavalry.

Connections

Married Harriet Ayres, 1808.

father:
Ward W.

mother:
Mehitable (Bolton) W.

spouse:
Harriet Ayres