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HASTINGS, Russell, soldier, born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, 30 May, 1835. While he was a boy his parents removed to Ohio, and settled in Willoughby, Lake County, where he was educated in the common schools. Early in the civil war he enlisted as a private, and was soon promoted to be a lieutenant in the 23d Ohio regiment. During Sheridan's campaigns he acted as adjutant-general, was severely wounded at the battle of Opequan, and was subsequently promoted lieutenant-colonel of the 28th Ohio regiment, after a charge in which he had displayed great courage, he was brevetted brigadier-general of volunteers on 13 March, 1865. General Hastings was elected a member of the Ohio legislature in 1865, and while there was appointed United States marshal for the northern district of Ohio. Owing to failing health, he resigned in 1874.
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