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 Frank Aretas Haskell

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Frank Aretas Haskell

  • Birth 13 Jul 1828 Tunbridge, Orange County, Vermont, USA
  • Death 3 Jun 1864 Cold Harbor, Hanover County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Memorial ID 7153073

Civil War Union Army Officer. A 1854 graduate of Dartmouth College, he moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he practiced law. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant of Company I, 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, a unit that became part of the famous "Iron Brigade". He served as regimental Adjutant until April 14, 1862 when he became Aide-de-Camp to General John Gibbon who was then commander of the "Iron Brigade". As Gibbon's aide, he participated with Gibbon's division of the Army of the Potomac's II Corps in the Battle of Gettysburg. After the battle he wrote a famous account of the fighting in a letter to his brother in Wisconsin. The letter was later widely published, and he was later known as "Haskell of Gettysburg". On February 9, 1864 he was commissioned Colonel and commander of the 36th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry. He led his regiment into the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia on June 3, 1864. Upon the fall of his brigade commander he assumed command of the brigade and was killed leading it in one of the assaults that day.

Bio by: Steve Dunn





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  • Originally Created by: Steve Dunn
  • Added: 5 Feb 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7153073
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frank Aretas Haskell (13 Jul 1828–3 Jun 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7153073, citing Silver Lake Cemetery, Portage, Columbia County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .