Hart, Hubbard L.
Age: 38, credited to Guilford, VT
Service: Confederate sympathizer, assisted blockade running, supposed Assistant Quartermaster, CSA District of Florida
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Birth: 05/04/1827, Guilford, VT
Burial: West View Cemetery, Palatka, FL
Marker/Plot: Not Recorded
Findagrave Memorial #: 6631940
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not Found
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)
Remarks: Died in Atlanta, GA. Brother of Hiram Hart, a purchasing agent for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Department.
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West View Cemetery, Palatka, FL
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COL. HUBBARD L. HART
NATIVE OF GUILFORD KILLED IN STREET CAR
ACCIDENT AT ATLANTA, GA.
Col Hubbard L. Hart of Palatka, Fla. , who was killed in a streetcar accident in Atlanta, Ga., on Wednesday of last week was one of the best-known men in Florida.
He was born in Guilford in 1827, and he is remembered by old residents of that town as a youth of unusual promise. He went South in 1848 and made his living as mail carrier between Savannah and Darien, Ga. for three years. In 1855 he went to Florida and opened a stage mail line between Palatka and Tampa, at a time when the Indian war was on. During the uprising in 1856 and 1857, the government protected the mail route with a mounted guard.
In 1860 Col. Hart conceived the scheme of opening the famous Ocklawaha river to navigation. After two steamers had begun service on the navigable part of the stream, the war put an end to the scheme, and Col Hart entered the Confederate service as department quartermaster in charge of the Florida division.
At the close of the war he began the work of rebuilding the fortunes of his adopted state. The project of opening the Ocklawaha was resumed, and soon he had built a fleet of steamers. He completed the great work in 1868.
Col. Hart was one of the first shippers of oranges to the Northern market, and the celebrated Hart Grove at Palatka is said to be the oldest in the state.
He was twice married, his second wife, Miss. Thompson of Boston, whom he married in 1884, surviving him. Mrs. Hart was in Boston on a visit when the accident to her husband occurred.
He was at one time urged by committees of the political parties to allow his name to use as a candidate for the office of governor of Florida, but his devotion to his business prevented his accepting.
His broad, progressive spirit kept always many years in advance of Florida’s progress, and his life was too short for him to realize the vast benefits his devotion to her interest was regarded to have secured the state.
Source: Vermont Phoenix, Dec. 20, 1895
Courtesy of Deanna French
See also a more detailed obituary from the Windham county Reformer, courtesy of Gail Lynde.