DEHART, Richard Patten was born on New Year's Day 1832 at Mason in Warren County, Ohio. He moved to Logansport, Indiana, in 1855 to teach school and study law. He was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1860. DeHart was said to be "a man of small stature but of excellent physique and a very sinewy frame." Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, DeHart enlisted as a private, but was commissioned the adjutant of the 46th Indiana Infantry on September 30, 1861. The regiment was active in the battles of New Madrid, Missouri, Island Number 10 in the Mississippi, and at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. In October 1862 he was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 99th Indiana Infantry and served in General Ulysses S. Grant's Vicksburg (Mississippi) campaign. He returned to Indiana in September 1863 for recruiting duty. On March 1, 1864, DeHart was commissioned colonel of the 128th Indiana Infantry and proceeded to Nashville, Tennessee. In early May, General William Tecumseh Sherman's Atlanta campaign commenced and DeHart served in the First Brigade, First Division (commanded by ALVIN P. HOVEY) of the XXIII Corps (commanded by John Schofield). On June 6, DeHart was severely wounded and JASPER PACKARD assumed command of the regiment. DeHart was sent home to recover and served on the treason trials in Indianapolis (which precipitated the landmark Supreme Court ruling ex parte Milligan). DeHart was brevetted brigadier general on March 13, then, mustered out on April 28, 1865, and started a law practice at Lafayette. He was an excellent criminal lawyer, trying some of Indiana's most famous cases, and later served on the bench. In the 1890's he donated land along the Wabash River to the State of Indiana which was used for a new soldiers' rest home, north of Lafayette (now the Indiana Veterans' Home). Richard DeHart is best remembered today as the author of the 1909 Tippecanoe County History. He died on June 18, 1918, in Lafayette and was buried in Springvale Cemetery.
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