Orson H. Hart

Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Entered the Civil War as a Private in the 7th New York Militia at the outbreak of hostilities with the South. When Congressman Dan Sickels formed the unit that would become the "Excelsior Brigade", Orson Hart was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of one of the Brigade's regiments, the 70th New York Volunteer Infantry. When Sickles was promoted to Brigadier General, Hart was promoted to Captain and served as General Sickles Assistant Adjutant General. He would be subsequently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and served in the same staff capacity for two other Union officers - Maj. General William H. French and Maj. General Joseph Hooker. He was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "faithful and meritorious services during the War". (bio by: Russ Dodge)

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