1902 – Harrison Carroll Hobart Dies

On this date Harrison Carroll Hobart, a lawyer, politician, and civil war officer, died. In 1846 he moved to Wisconsin, settling in Sheboygan. He served in the territorial lower house, was state senator, and state assemblyman. During the Civil War, he served as captain in the 4th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry (1861-1862) and in 1862 was made lieutenant colonel of the 21st Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. In September 1863, Hobart was captured by the Confederates at the , confined to Libby prison in Virginia, but escaped in February 1864. He was promoted to colonel and commanded the 1st Brigade, 1st Division of the 14th Corps. He participated in Sherman’s march to the sea and was promoted to brigadier general. After the war, he returned to his legal practice and settled in Milwaukee. He made an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1865. He was also a UW regent from 1860-1865 and 1867-1869. Hobart died in Milwaukee.