★  Haskin, Joseph A.

Joseph Abel Haskin

Born: June 21, 1818

Birthplace: Troy, New York

Father: William Phelps Haskin 1787 – 1855

Mother: Sarah “Sally” Slade 1791 – 1856

Wife: Rebecca Sprague 1820 – 1902
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​


Katherine Sprague Haskin Miller 1843 – 1925​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​


1839: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (10th​ in class)​

Occupation before War:

1839 – 1844: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 1st Artillery​
1839 – 1840: Garrison Duty at Plattsburg, New York​
1840 – 1845: Served on Maine Frontier at Houlton​
1844 – 1848: 1st Lt. United States Army 1st​ Artillery​
1845: Garrison Duty at Fort Pickens, Florida​
1845 – 1846: Garrison Duty at Fort Pike, Louisiana​
1847: Served in the Siege of Vera Cruz, Mexico​
1847: Brevetted Captain for Gallantry at Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico​
1847: Lost his right arm due to wounding at Chapultepec, Mexico​
1847: Brevetted Major for Gallantry at Battle of Chapultepec, Mexico​
1847 – 1848: Recruiter for United States Army​
1848 – 1849: Quartermaster Duty at Tampa, Florida​
1848 – 1851: Captain and Assistant Quartermaster in U.S. Army​
1850 – 1851: Quartermaster Duty at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas​
1851: Quartermaster Duty at Barranacas, Florida​
1851 – 1862: Captain, United States Army, 1st Artillery​
1858 – 1860: Garrison Duty at Fort Monroe, Virginia​
1860 – 1861: Garrison Duty at Baton Rogue Arsenal in Louisiana​

Civil War Career:

1861: Garrison Duty at Washington, D.C.​
1861: Garrison Duty at Fort Washington, Maryland​
1861 – 1862: Garrison Duty at Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida​
1862: Major, United States Army, 3rd Artillery​
1862 – 1864: Northern Defenses Commander in Washington, D.C.​
1862 – 1866: Lt. Colonel, United States Army Staff Officer​
1864 – 1866: Chief of Artillery for Department of Washington, D.C.​
1864: Served in the trenches during the Attack on Washington, D.C.​
1864 – 1866: Brigadier General of Union Army, Volunteers​
1864 – 1874: Suffered from Pulmonary Disease​
1865: Brevetted Lt. Colonel and Colonel in United States Army​

Occupation after War:

1866 – 1870: Lt. Colonel, United States Army, 1st Artillery​
1866: U.S. Army Commander of Fort Independence, Massachusetts​
1866 – 1870: U.S. Army Commander of Fort Schuyler, New York​
1870: U.S. Army Commander of Fort Wood, New York​
1870: Retired from United States Army due to disability from arm​

August 3, 1874

Place of Death: Oswego, New York

Cause of Death: Consumption

Age at time of Death:
56 years old

Burial Place: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
On January 10, 1861 He was summoned by the Governor of Louisiana to surrender the U. S. arsenal at Baton Rouge. Facing a force of 600 men he complied. This was one of those "Pre-Sumter incidents" that receive little attention from the history books.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
When he served "in the trenches during the attacks on Washington" it was during Jubal Early's attack on Washington in July 1864. He was in charge of the fortifications North of the river. This would have put him in charge of Fort Stevens as well?