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Obituaries of Brigadier General Harry L. Haskell


From the Boston Transcript, November 26, 1908:


Brigadier General Harry Leland Haskell Dies in California

Brigadier Harry Leland Haskell, retired, who has died at San Diego, Cal., was born in Maine on September 24, 1840. He entered the Union Army to in 1862 as a private in the One Hundred and Twenty-fifth New York Volunteer Infantry and rose to the rank of captain. He was mustered out in 1864, after having been wounded in the battle of Spottsylvania Court House, VA.

He was commissioned a captain in the Seventh United States Veteran Infantry in May, 1865, and was assistant provost marshal of Philadelphia. He was honorably discharged in April, 1866, and in August of the following year was appointed from California as a second lieutenant in the Twelfth United States Infantry.

He saw service in the South, on the Pacific Coast, in the Dakotas, and on the lake frontier. In 1888 he was made a captain, and in 1800 a major. When the Spanish-American war broke out he was serving in the Twelfth Infantry, and went to Cuba with his regiment. He became lieutenant colonel and later colonel. On Jan. 20, 1904, he was made a brigadier general, and the following day he was retired, at his own request, as he had served more than forty years. He afterward made his home at San Diego.

From the San Diego Sun, Oct. 26, 1908, p.2. col. 1


Tombstone of Brig. Gen Henry [sic] L. Haskell, San Francisco National Cemetery. On his official military records, his name is given as "Henry."

Gen. Harry Leland Haskell, distinguished army officer, is no more. His death came yesterday at shortly after noon at his home, on the northwest corner or Fifth and Palm streets.

Gen. Haskell had seen forty years of service to his country. He enlisted as a volunteer in the Civil war and was retired at Fort Thomas, Ky., four years ago.

Born in Clinton, Maine, Sept. 27, 1840. Gen. Haskell first had military service in 1860. He enlisted in a regiment at Troy, N.Y.; one of the first to go to the front. Both he and President McKinley served in Gen. Hancock's corps. The letter was adjutant of a division and the former of the first two brigades, formed by himself.

After the war Gen. Haskell was commissioned a second lieutenant in the regular army by Gen. Grant. For thirty-six years he served In the Twelfth Infantry, finally becoming a lieutenant-colonel in it. His regiment fought the Apaches in Arizona and the Indians of Idaho, Montana and the Dakotas, and participated in the capture and killing of Sitting Bull.

He was captain In the Twelfth when it went to Cuba during the Spanish-American war. He was commander of a battalion at the sharp of El Caney. Maj. Gen. John C. Breakenridge, inspector-general during the campaign, termed Capt. Haskell's conduct at that charge as heroic.

Gen. Haskell served twice in the Philippines. To 1903, he was made brigadier-general, placed in command of Fort Thomas, KY, and soon after retired. Than he and his wife came to San Diego.

The funeral will be held from the residence, when the Rev. Charles L. Barnes of St. Paul's returns. The body will be buried at San Francisco by the side of Mrs. Haskell's parents.

From the San Diego Sun, Oct. 27, 1908, p.3. col. 3

Deaths: HASKELL - In this city, October 25. 1908, General Harry Leland Haskell, husband of Mary F. Haskell of this city, a native of Clinton, Maine, age dated 68 years.

Friends are invited to attend the funeral services at the residence, northwest corner Fifth and Palm streets, at 2 o'clock P.M. tomorrow (Wednesday). Rev. C. L. Barnes will officiate. Interment at San Francisco, Cal.


For information on Civil War Captain and later Brigadier General Henry Haskell, we are indebted to Jim McGraw, who contributed a very fine portrait, and Win Haskell of Germany, who sent us a number of documents telling us quite a lot about the Private, later Brigadier General, Haskell. Sgt. Vincent M. Jockimo, a member of the 125th N.Y. Volunteers reenactment group, told us about the badge itself and its meaning, and sent us portions of the regimental history. Stephen Schmidt send us Harry's enlistment record. And Jody Roberts sent us some info about Harry from the Sons of the American Revolution. Information on Harry's marriage, later military service, and his wife's family members is courtesy of Virginia Mylius.