GEN. G. H. SHARPE DEAD. Long Distinguished, Both in Mili- tary and Civilian Life. A FAVORITE OF GEN. GRANT Perilous Work as a Federal Official When Tweed Ring Flour- ished in New York. Gen. George H. Sharpe, who resigned from the Board of United States General Ap- praisers last March, died at midnight Fri- day, at the house of his son-in-law, Ira Davenport, 31 East Thirty-ninth Street. Gen. Sharpe left his home in Kingston, this State, shortly before Christmas to visit his daughter, Mrs. Davenport. He was taken ill about ten days ago, and Drs. Janeway and E. L. Keyes were called to attend him. He was operated upon a few days ago, and owing principally to his advanced age, was not able to rally from the shock. Gen. Sharpe had a distinguished army career, and afterward in civil life held sev- eral positions in the Federal and State service. He was born in Kingston in 1828. His early education was received in that place and at Albany. He entered Rutgers College, and was graduated in 1847, with honors, subsequently studied law at Yale, and was admitted to the bar from the law office of Bidwell & Strong of this city. Later he went to Europe, and in 1851-2 served as Secretary of Legation in Vienna. In 1854 he returned to this country and be- gan the practice of law at Kingston, where he was at the breaking out of the rebellion. He was at that time enjoying a consider- able practice, as well as a rising reputation, and in consequence of his business had re- signed the Captaincy of a local militia company. He recalled his regination, how- ever, and immediately set about to raise a company of volunteers, which he led in the field as a part of the First Regiment of New York Volunteers, known as the Ulster County Regiment. Capt. Sharpe gained dis- tinction in many of the early battles. At the end of the term of enlistment he returned to Kingston and raised the One Hundred and Twentieth New York Regi- ment, of which he was made Colonel. He was attached to the Army of the Potomac and took part in all the hard-fought battles from Fredericksburg ot Appomattox. He was at one time Provost General. He served upon the staffs of Gens. Hooker, Meade, and Grant, and was brevetted Brig- adier General in 1864 and Major General in 1865. Gen. Grant had been attracted to Gen. Sharpe when he came East, and attached him to his staff, retaining him as one of his chief advisers until the end of the war. Earlier, while upon Gen. Hooker's staff, Gen. Sharpe was placed in charge of the "Bureau of Military Information Concern- ing the Enemy," a dangerous and delicate mission, which he fulfilled with great credit for three years. Gen. Sharpe, at Lee's surrender, was in- trusted with the duty of parolling the Con- federate Army. In June, 1865, he was mus- tered out at his own request. Two years later Secretary Seward sent him abroad on a secret mission which he performed with great credit. In 1870 Gen. Grant, remember- ing his service in the army, appointed Gen. Sharpe United States Marshal for the Southern District of New York. The Tweed ring flourished at this time, and almost his first duty was the taking of the ninth census, owing to the stupendous election frauds that had been practiced. A serious conflict ensued between the Federal and city authorities, and many times Gen. Sharpe's life was threatened by the fol- lowers of Tweed. An honest election was one result of his work; another was the conviction of two of the most notorious re- peaters, one of whom was a member of the Democratic General Committee. His census which was afterward verified, resulted in great commendation for its thoroughness and accuracy. Gen. Sharpe in 1873 was made Surveyor of the Port, in which post he served five years, or nearly a year after the expiration of his commission. Gen. Sharpe was also at the head of the commission appointed to promote commercial relations between the United States and Central and South Amer- ican countries, which carried with it in his case the rank of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary. He resigned after Mr. Cleveland became President that he might be succeeded by an official in full sympathy with the incoming administra- tion, but Mr. Cleveland did not fill his place. From 1879 to 1883 he was a member of the Assembly, being Speaker in the years 1880 and 1881. His last official position was as a member of the Board of United States General Appraisers, to which he was ap- pointed in 1890. Long before his actual re- tirement he had expressed his intention of giving up his duties when he should reach the age of seventy. Gen. Sharpe offered his resignation in 1898, bbut it was returned by President Mc- Kinley for further consideration. Again in February he sent in his resignation to take effect on March 1, 1899, which was accepted by the President in a letter of re- gret that his advanced years had prompted him to take that step. Since then Gen. Sharpe has lived in retirement at Kingston. Gen. Sharpe's wife died two years ago. She was Caroline Hasbrouck, a daughter of A. Bruin Hasbrouck, a member of Congress in 1825. He leaves two sons and a daugh- ter. The elder son, Severyn Bruin Sharpe, a lawyer in Kingston, is at present County Judge. The second son, Henry G. Sharpe, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army, attached to the Commissary Depart- ment at Washington. His daughter, who is the wife of Mr. Davenport, was Miss Katherine Lawrence Sharpe. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 3 o'clock P. M. at Kingston.