This version is annotated with rare photographs from the Gettysburg battleground, taken by Alexander Gardner.
Frank Aretas Haskell, the writer of this description of the battle of Gettysburg, was graduated from Dartmouth College, with distinguished honors, in the class of 1854. That year he came to Madison, Wisconsin, where he began the practice of law. In June, 1861, he entered the Union army as first lieutenant in company " I" of the Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry of the Iron Brigade. He was adjutant of his regiment until April 14, 1862, when he was made aide-de-camp to General John Gibbon, who then took command of the Iron Brigade. While serving with this brigade, Lieutenant Haskell took part in the most important battles of the Army of the Potomac: viz., Second Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. In his report on the battle of Gettysburg, General Gibbon wrote: "There was a young man on my staff who had been in every battle with me and who did more than any other one man to repulse Pickett's assault at Gettysburg and he did the part of a general there." On February 9, 1864, he was promoted to the office of colonel of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin. June 3 he led his command in the charge at Cold Harbor. General Hancock, writing of this event, said: "At Cold Harbor the Colonel of the Thirty-sixth Wisconsin, as gallant a soldier as ever lived, fell dead on the field." The account of the battle of Gettysburg, from which the extracts are taken, was sent by Lieutenant Haskell to his brother shortly after that battle and was not intended for publication.
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