Milo Smith Hascall

Milo Smith Hascall was born on August 5, 1829, in the village of Le Roy, Genesee County, New York. As a young man he joined three of his elder brothers at Goshen, Indiana, where he clerked in a store and taught school until his appointment to West Point in 1848. Graduating in 1852, he soon became dissatisfied with garrison duty in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island, and resigned the following year. From then until 1861 he had a successful career in Goshen and Elkhart County as a lawyer, railroad contractor, district attorney, and clerk of the county courts. Hascall immediately volunteered for service at the outbreak of the Civil War and was appointed aide-de-camp to General T. A. Morris, brigadier of Indiana volunteers. On June 12, 1861, Hascall was appointed colonel of the 17th Indiana and with this regiment saw some minor action in West Virginia. In December he was sent to Louisville and given charge of a brigade of Thomas J. Wood's division of Don Carlos Buell's forces (Army of the Cumberland), which arrived at Shiloh the day after the battle and participated in the siege of Corinth under Henry W. Halleck. Hascall was promoted to brigadier general to rank from April 25, 1862. At the battle of Murfreesboro he had charge of his brigade and, after the wounding of Wood, of the division. Subsequent to this battle he was transferred to Ambrose E. Burnside's Army of the Ohio and spent several months collecting deserters while in command of the District of Indiana. In the autumn of 1863 he took part in the defense of Knoxville and the following spring commanded the 2nd Division, XXIII Corps, during the Atlanta campaign. On September 12, 1864, John M. Schofield, then commanding the Army of the Ohio, warmly commended Hascall and requested his promotion to major general of volunteers. The fact that the recommendation was not acted upon may have influenced his decision to return to civilian life; in any event, he submitted his resignation, which was accepted on October 27, 1864. For a number of years thereafter General Hascall engaged in banking at Goshen and Galena, moving to Chicago in 1890 to enter the real estate business. He died at his residence in Oak Park, Illinois, on August 30, 1904, and was buried in Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois.

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Reference: Generals in Blue. Lives of the Union Commanders by Ezra J. Warner. Louisiana State University Press. Baton Rouge.