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Haskell, Franklin Aretas, 1828-1864



  • Existence: 1828 - 1864

Franklin Aretas Haskell was born on July 13, 1828 in Tunbridge, Vermont. He worked as a town clerk and school superintendent in Columbus, Wisconsin from 1848-1850 after which he returned East for college. After graduation from Dartmouth in 1854, 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. 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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Franklin Haskell papers

Identifier: MS-405
Overview Franklin A. Haskell (1828-1864), civil war general. Dartmouth College Class of 1854. The collection contains a nineteenth-century manuscript copy of his memoir (1863) of the Battle of Gettysburg, and a modern typescript copy of an essay (1858) entitled "The American Character."