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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 10 0 Browse Search
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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
37, the youngest of eight children of John and Elizabeth (Greer) Hart. His grandparents were Josiah Hart, a native of Virginia who removed to South Carolina between 1740 and 1750, and engaged in planting, and Rev. Thomas Greer, a Baptist minister who was a native of Ireland. Major Hart was graduated at the South Carolina military college in 1857, and after teaching school one year he took up thed to practice in 1860. When the hostile occupation of Fort Sumter occurred in December, 1860, Mr. Hart, being at the time in Charleston, was selected by Governor Pickens to make a secret examinationas advanced to captain. In August, 1862, General Hampton having been given a brigade of cavalry, Hart's battery was converted into horse artillery, and attached to that brigade, and this was the lineare to establish the fame of the South Carolina soldier. Throughout almost the entire period Captain Hart was in command, and his gallant and intrepid leadership was a ruling factor in the brilliant