(1840 - 1862)
Home State: New York
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 61st New York Infantry
He was 21 years old when he enlisted as Corporal in Company C, 61st NY Infantry on 10 September 1861. Promoted Sergeant (date not known).
On the Campaign
Reported wounded in action, but probably mortally injured at Antietam on 17 September 1862 by accident:
Case - At Antietam, Maryland, September 17th, 1862, a soldier, employed in entrenching, struck another, on the left side of his head, with the edge of a spade. The wounded man fell, badly stunned, and, on examination, it was found that the blow had produced a depressed fracture of the left parietal bone. The patient was conveyed to the Smoketown Hospital, and was placed under the care of Surgeon B. A. Vanderkieft, U. S. V. He breathed with stertor, and had a slow pulse, dilated pupils, and the other signs of compression of the brain. The scalp was shaved, and an incision was made, through which a number of fragments of detached bone were removed. The patient lingered, in a state of stupor, until November 8th, 1862. The particulars of the case are not recorded in the register or in the reports from Smoketown Hospital; but the only death in the hospital from fracture of the cranium, at the date referred to, is that of Sergeant Arthur F. Hascall, Co. C, 61st New York Volunteers ...
The rest of the War
He died of his injury on 8 November 1862 at Smoketown, MD.
References & notes
Basic information from the Antietam Cemetery History1. Service data from the State of New York2. Quote above from the Medical and Surgical History3. Birth information from family genealogists, who also have his middle name as Foote. The picture here from a photograph in the collection of the NY State Military Museum, found online through the New York Heritage Portal.
He also has a monument and is said to be buried at the Colgate University Cemetery, in Madison County, NY. His death date is also found in records as the 6th or 11th of November. The date from his medical report used here.
More on the Web
See a post with more about Hascall over on the behindAotW blog.
06/22/1840; Florence, NY
11/08/1862 Smoketown, MD; burial in Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, MD
1 Antietam National Cemetery, Board of Trustees, History of Antietam National Cemetery, Baltimore: John W. Woods, Steam Printer, 1869 [AotW citation 3613]
2 State of New York, Adjutant-General, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of the State of New York [year]: Registers of the [units], 43 Volumes, Albany: James B. Lyon, State Printer, 1893-1905, Issue 26 (for 1900), pg. 939 [AotW citation 7652]
3 Barnes, Joseph K., and US Army, Office of the Surgeon General, The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 6 books, Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1870, Part. I, Vol. II, pg. 57 [AotW citation 7653]