March 22, 1873
HART, CAPTAIN ISAAC W. - A
dispatch received by our fellow townsman, John M. Hart, on Tuesday, of this
week, informed him of the sudden demise of his brother, Captain Isaac W. Hart,
at Danville, Illinois. Captain Hart was twin brother to the late Gen.
James H. Hart. They were born in this place (Troy) October 4th, 1814.
Capt. Hart removed from Troy to Attica, Indiana (which was his residence at the
time of his decease) some twenty odd years ago, but notwithstanding has
continued to hold a prominent place in the recollections of his numerous friends
and acquaintances in Troy and its vicinity. He enlisted early in the war
of the rebellion, and was at once made Quartermaster of the 21st Indiana, and
held this office during the war, with distinguished credit for efficiency and
honesty. He came out as he went in--poor. Very early in the war he
was captured, with some Quartermaster's stores which he had in change, on board
a schooner off Cape Hatteras, and was a prisoner during six months in
"Libby" in the city of Richmond. A man of remarkable
cheerfulness, he was the life of the prison, and is mentioned as such by
Congressman Ely, of New York, in his book on Prison Life, who was captured at
Bull Run and also confined in "Libby". He was on the list of the
first exchange of prisoners--245 in number--and during a brief parole after
gaining his freedom, visited his friends in Troy, on his way to his family in
Indiana. He was with McClellan before Richmond, and in his retreat--was at
the second battle of Bull Run; was at the great battles of Antietam and
Gettysburg, and afterwards with the armies of Gen. Grant before Richmond until
after its fall. An active politician and a zealous Republican, he was
distinguished in Indiana for his power on the stump in brief and animated
speeches always made pungent by some original and well-pointed anecdote.
He held the office of State Prison Inspector in Indiana during two years, since
the war, and went out of office with the defeat of the Republican party in that
State two years ago. He was a kind husband, a genial gentleman, and a
remarkably companionable man; and more than all, a Christian.
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