Miami Union

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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