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Federal (USV)


Robert Milo Askey

(1841 - 1862)

Home State: Pennsylvania

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 5th Pennsylvania Reserves

Before Antietam

He mustered into service as Private in Company E, 5th Pennsylvania Reserves on 21 June 1861.

On the Campaign

He was mortally wounded while on picket duty late on the evening of 16 September near the East Woods, captured briefly, dying almost immediately. He was one of 24 men of Companies C and I under Lieutenant Petrikin on picket very close to Confederate troops that night, but the only one killed (along with his Lieutenant).

References & notes

Service information from Bates1 and Sypher.2 There is a memorial for him on Findagrave. His birth and middle name from family genealogists.

More on the Web

See more about the circumstances of his death in a post from John Banks about Lieutenant Petrikin and his sword, and in a post by Kevin Pawlak, with added context about his Brigade actions.


1841; Snow Shoe, Centre County, PA


09/16/1862; Sharpsburg, MD


1   Bates, Samuel Penniman, History of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-65, Harrisburg: State of Pennsylvania, 1868-1871, Vol. 1, pg. 681  [AotW citation 11578]

2   Sypher, Josiah Rhinehart, History of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps, Lancaster, PA: Elias Barr and Company, 1865, pg. 615  [AotW citation 17037]