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125th New York Volunteers Regimental History

During the term of Harry Haskells enlistment in the Civil War, the 125th New York Volunteers saw the following service:

  • Defense of Harper's Ferry, West Va., September 12-15, 1862.
  • Maryland Heights September 12-13.
  • Bolivar Heights September 14-15. Surrendered September 15. Paroled September 16 and sent to Annapolis, Md., thence to Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., and duty there guarding prisoners until November, 1862. Declared exchanged November 22, 1862. [Thus Harry's records as a POW.]
  • Moved to Washington, D.C., November 23-25. Camp at Arlington Heights, Va., until December 3, and at Centreville, Va., until June, 1863.
  • Ordered to join Army of the Potomac in the field and Joined 2nd Army Corps June 25, 1863. Gettysburg (Pa.) Campaign June 25-July 24. Battle of Gettysburg, Pa., July 2-4.
  • Pursuit of Lee to Manassas Gap, Va., July 5-24.
  • Duty on lines of the Rappahannock and Rapidan until October. Advance from the Rappahannock to the Rapidan September 13-17.
  • Bristoe Campaign October 9-22.
  • Auburn and Bristoe October 14.
  • Advance to line of the Rappahannock November 7-8.
  • Mine Run Campaign November 26-December 2.
  • Duty near Brandy Station until May, 1864.
  • Demonstration on the Rapidan February 6-7.
  • Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 3-June 15.
  • Battles of the Wilderness May 5-7.
  • Spottsylvania May 8-12. Po River May 10.
  • Spottsylvania Court House May 12-21.
  • Assault on the Salient "Bloody Angle" May 12.

Note: One item of interest here is the mention of "Brandy Station." This location in Virginia is where the Beasley family, my mother's family, settled around 1830. Family anecdotes recount the family watching this battle from their back porch. My great uncle Tucker Beasley recalled as a young boy riding with his father out to see the battlefield afterwards and seeing a great number of dead. It appears that Harry Haskell crossed paths with both my mother's and my father's families at different points in his life.

Other Information

Stephen Schmidt writes, "The medal sounds like something from a Union veterans reunion, perhaps a reunion of Second Corps veterans. 125th NY was in Second Corps (at Gettysburg, in Hays' division, Willard's brigade) and the clover was the shape of the corps badge of Second Corps."

Jody Roberts reports she found the following information on Ancestry.com:

Harry L. Haskell, Captain Twelfth [sic] Infantry, U. S. Army.

A National Register of the Society
Sons of the American Revolution
Principal Events of the American Revolution.

Harry Leland Haskell, U. S. Army (4505). Son of Hiram and Mary Eliza (Reed) Haskell; grandson of William Maxwell and Martha (Rust) Reed; great-grandson of Paul Reed, Commander of Letter of Marque; great-grandson of Joseph Rust, private Massachusetts Militia.

[A Letter of Marque was a license to operate and own a private warship subject to a long and complicated regulation system. To get one you had to post a bond of over a thousand pounds to ensure your good behaviour.]


Contributors

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.