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F.A. Haskell

F.A. Haskell

Federal (USV)


Franklin Aretas Haskell

(1828 - 1864)

Home State: Wisconsin

Education: Dartmouth College, Class of 1854

Command Billet: Aide de Camp

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Brigade, 1st Division, I Corps

Before Antietam

He worked as a town clerk and school superintendent in Columbus, WI in 1848-50 then returned East for college. After graduation from Dartmouth, he went back to Wisconsin and was a lawyer and militia officer in Madison until the War. He enlisted in Company I, 6th Wisconsin Infantry on 20 June 1861 and was appointed First Lieutenant and acting Adjutant of the Regiment on 5 July. He was detached to General John Gibbon's staff as Aide de Camp (ADC) on 24 April 1862.

On the Campaign

He was on South Mountain and at Antietam, where General Gibbon reported:

My aides, Lieutenants Haskell and Hildreth, were, as usual, prompt and active in conveying my orders, and the former, while carrying a message to General Hooker, had his horse killed under him.

The rest of the War

Still serving on the General's staff, he rallied the Brigade at Gettysburg, PA on 3 July 1863 after General Gibbon was wounded. He was appointed Colonel of the 36th Wisconsin Infantry on 9 February 1864, and was leading the Brigade when he was killed in action at Cold Harbor, VA on 3 June 1864.

References & notes

Service data from the Roster1. Further details from Haskell's letters as published in Haskell of Gettysburg2. His gravesite is on Findagrave. His picture is from a photograph in the collection of the Wisconsin Historical Society.


07/13/1828; Tunbridge, VT


06/03/1864; Cold Harbor, VA; burial in Silver Lake Cemetery, Portage, WI


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 494, 509  [AotW citation 10330]

2   Haskell, Franklin Aretas, and Frank L. Byrne, Andrew T. Weaver, Editors, Haskell of Gettysburg: His Life and Civil War Papers, Kent (OH): Kent State University Press, 1989  [AotW citation 10331]