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HARTSTENE, Henry J., naval officer, born in North Carolina; died in Paris, France, 31 March, 1868. He entered the United States navy as midshipman in 1828, and became a lieutenant, 23 February, 1840. in 1838 he was attached to the Wilkes exploring expedition, but did not proceed farther with it than Calioa, and in 1851 he was attached to the coast survey, and afterward commanded the steamer "Illinois." In 1855 he was made a commander, and was sent to the arctic regions in search of Dr. Kane and his party, whom he rescued and brought to New York. In 1856 he was ordered to convey to England the British exploring bark "Resolute," which, after having been abandoned in the arctic ice, had been rescued by Captain Buddington, a New London whaler, and purchased by congress as a present to the British government. He was afterward employed in taking soundings for the Atlantic telegraph cable. At the beginning of the civil war he resigned, entered the Confederate navy, and in the summer of 1862 became insane.
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