In 1864 at the age of 18, Hoyt moved to Philadelphia and in December enlisted in Company A, 202nd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving as a private until his discharge this day.
The conclusion of the war leads Hoyt on a career search.
Following stints in Pennsylvania and Michigan, Hoyt settles in Hammonton, New Jersery, marries, starts a family, and becomes editor of the South Jersey Republican newspaper.
Like many Baptists of the post-war North, Hoyt is involved in the growing Temperance movement, his Baptist faith intersecting his public life.
Sources: Biographical, Genealogical and Descriptive History of the First Congressional District of New Jersey, Volume 2, Lewis Publishing Company, pp.578-579 (link)