Historical Fire Company Statement
Rededication of Hoyt Avenue
in Memory of
Corporal Nicholas H. Holt
New York 5th Infantry
Died February 18, 1863
Whereas, Nicholas H. Hoyt appears in the 1860 census of Mamaroneck.
Whereas, Nicholas H. Hoyt appears with his wife Susan and four children Adalaide, 14, James, 12, Melissa, 7, and Susan, 4. He is 26 years old and his occupation is “fisherman.”
Whereas, the census entries for Adalaide and James indicate that they are attending school and probably attended the Weaver Street School.
Whereas, Nicholas H. Hoyt enlisted in the 5th New York Infantry on May 8, 1861, and his service record indicates at the bottom that he was “born in Mamaroneck NY.”
Whereas the 5th infantry was engaged in the following engagements when Hoyt served as a private:
- June 10, 1861 Big Bethel
- April 5 – May 4, 1862 Siege of Yorktown (1862)
- May 27, 1862 Hanover Court House
- June 5, 1862 New Bridge
- June 25 – July 2, 1862 Seven Days (Gaines, Golding…)
- August 28–30, 1862 Second Bull Run (2nd Manassas)
- September 17, 1862 Antietam or Sharpsburg
- September 19–20, 1862 Shepherdstown
Whereas, Nicholas H. Hoyt enlisted as a private and was appointed a corporal in September 26, 1862, following the Battle of Shepherdstown.
Whereas the 5th infantry was engaged in the following engagements when Hoyt served as a corporal:
- December 13, 1862 Fredericksburg
- Jan 21-22, 1863 Burnside’s Mud March
Whereas, Burnside’s Mud March resulted in the replaced by Major General Burnside by President Lincoln, and exposed a large number of 5th Infantry troops to harsh winter conditions.
Whereas, Nicholas H. Hoyt died on February 18, 1862 at the Regimental Hospital in Chancellorsville.
Whereas, Nicholas H. Hoyt is buried in the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in Fredericksburg VA, and his grave marker recognizes that is home was in New York.
Whereas, Susan E. Hoyt appears in the 1870 U.S. Census living in Mamaroneck.
Whereas, Susan E. Hoyt applied for benefits on July 18, 1871 as the widow of Nicholas H. Hoyt.
Whereas, today Hoyt Avenue intersects Mamaroneck Avenue near to the railroad station, as depicted in the street map from 1872 above.
Whereas, the above map from 1867 does not show Hoyt Avenue, supporting the conclusion that Hoyt Avenue was created in the decade following the Civil War, and that the avenue is named in honor of Nicholas H. Hoyt.
Whereas Hoyt Avenue was created by the Town of Mamaroneck but is today part of the Village of Mamaroneck.
Therefore, the Larchmont Historical Fire Company recommends to the Board of Trustees of Mamaroneck that the Board rededicate the avenue known as Hoyt Avenue in honor of Corporal Nicholas H. Hoyt and his family.