Major Azariah Sinclair Elwood
Varnished, hand-colored photograph of Major Azariah Sinclair Elwood (1827-1906), mounted on circular metal base. The photo was taken circa 1900-1906 by an unidentified photographer. Elwood is pictured wearing a Civil War dress uniform, with a Medical Staff badge on his hat and a medal pinned to his left suit-coat front.
Azariah Sinclair Elwood was born in News Petersburg, Ohio and enlisted as a Private in the Union Army on August 15, 1862 at the age of 34 years old. On September 13, 1862 he enlisted as Assistant Surgeon in Company E, 40th Infantry Regiment of Iowa. On the 20th, he was promoted to Full Assistant Surgeon. On October 14, 1863 he received a disability discharge. Elwood moved to Colorado sometime between the 1880 and 1900 U.S. censuses. He is recorded as a resident of Golden, Colorado in 1900 and later moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he practiced medicine and surgery up to the time of his death in 1906. He was married first to Elvira Jane Elwood (1835-1853) and later to Mary Elizabeth Elwood (1843-1928) , with whom he had two children: William Henry Elwood (1866-1961) and Martha Elizabeth Silverthorn (1863-1927).