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The following text is reproduced from (the report of the) Twenty-Second Annual Reunion of the Association of the Graduates of the United States Military Academy, June 12th, 1891.

 p22  Herbert A. Hascall
No. 1718. Class of 1856.
Died, October 14, 1890, at Chicago, Illinois, aged 55.

Colonel Herbert A. Hascall was born at LeRoy, New York, September 2, 1835, and died at Chicago, Illinois, October 14, 1890, after a long illness which he bore with great fortitude and resignation. He was appointed a cadet at the United States Military Academy at the age of seventeen and was graduated with high honors in the year 1856. He was assigned to the Fourth Regiment of Artillery and was first stationed at Fort Independence,  p23 Boston; afterwards served in Florida, and afterwards in the campaign against the Mormons in Utah Territory; afterwards on account of his great brilliancy as a mathematician he was sent to West Point and served several years with great efficiency as Assistant Professor of Mathematics. Soon after the completion of his service at West Point the War of the Rebellion occurred, and, at his own request, he was returned to his company for duty and served with distinction on the staff of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Keyes during the battle of the first Bull Run, and for conspicuous bravery in that battle was promoted to First Lieutenant and Brevet-Captain. After further service in Virginia, during which he took part in several skirmishes and engagements, he was assigned to the staff of General Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.T. W. Sherman as Assistant-Quartermaster, and in that capacity took part in the Dupont-Sherman Expedition against Hilton Head and Bay Point, South Carolina, and remained in that service until prostrated by the coast fever, so fatal at the time on the Southern sea-coast. Ordered home on sick leave he finally was restored to health, and was again returned to West Point as Assistant Professor of Mathematics, where he served about eight years, when, on account of failing health, he was in the year 1874, placed on the retired list for disability contracted while on duty. During the last year of the war and subsequently he became Major, Lieutenant-Colonel and Colonel by Brevet. Since his retirement he has lived most of the time at Gloversville, New York, but during the latter part of his life at Chicago, Illinois. During the time of his first service at West Point as Assistant Professor of Mathematics he was married to Miss Mary Browne, of Oswego, New York, a very accomplished lady, well known in army circles, who survives him.

Colonel Hascall possessed a warm and kindly heart, an exceptionally brilliant intellect, a character robust and honest and a very fine personal appearance. His genial ways, kind and loving disposition attracted friends wherever he was known and his acquaintances were among the best and most noted people of the country. His remains are at rest in the family cemetery at Le‑Roy, New York.

Indicates a West Point graduate and gives his Class.Milo S. Hascall.

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