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[438] of sharpshooters, received a wound from which he died in a few moments, on the field. ‘This brave and worthy young officer,’ says Colonel Perrin, in his official report of this transaction, ‘fell while nobly walking along the front line of his command, encouraging his men and selecting favorable positions for them to defend. He was educated and accomplished, possessing in a high degree every virtuous quality of the true gentleman and Christian. He was an officer of most excellent judgment, and a soldier of the coolest and most chivalrous daring.’

Colonel Perrin, whose tribute is given in this extract, was at the time in command of the brigade, and was made brigadiergeneral for his conduct in this battle. No higher testimony could be given than that of this distinguished officer who, after a brilliant career, subsequently surrendered his own life in defence of his country.

The following is the conclusion of an obituary written soon after, by a superior officer of his own regiment;

Captain Haskell, at the time of his death, was one of but three officers who had been through every engagement in which his regiment had participated, in none of which did he fail to distinguish himself. At Cold Harbor, Manassas, and Chancellorsville his conduct was most strikingly conspicuous.

Such a character as Captain Haskell's deserves far more than the limits of such a notice as this allows. His was indeed no ordinary character. Would that a fitter position had afforded a larger sphere for the happy effects of its influence! Fortunate indeed were those who had such an example before them—the example of a Christian soldier! A courteous gentleman, a rigid disciplinarian, a careful observer, constantly attending to the wants and comfort of his men, a brave and heroic leader in battle—prejudice against his discipline, at first new, misunderstood, and not appreciated, melted away before his conspicuous discharge of duty. He who would most rigidly enforce discipline, who knew no compromise in the enforcement of orders, was found to be the first at the bedside of the sick, bringing with him into the dreary hospital the tenderness of a woman, and with a touch like hers softening the hard pallet to the sick or wounded. Requiring an implicit obedience to his own orders, he yielded a like obedience to the orders of his superiors. Sharing whatever hardships his men were called upon to endure, he repressed all murmuring by his cheerfulness under them. He had no rule

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