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Re: John Evan Gaskell
Posted by: Linda Gaskill Hilton (ID *****7077) Date: May 31, 2009 at 22:02:14
In Reply to: Re: John Evan Gaskell by Darla Belt of 1202

I would love to talk to you about John Evan Gaskell, could you please e-mail me at I have pictures also and want to make sure we are talking about the same John Evan Gaskell- was he born 13 Oct 1844??
Is the below information your John Evan Gaskell as well??
As of April 15, 2009, I Linda Gaskill Hilton have proven that J.E. Gaskill is John Evan Gaskill, nephew of Robert J. Gaskill. " John E. Gaskell b. Oct. 13, 1844 Ala; enl 1862 Vicksburg, Miss; Co M 17th La Regt; during first years of war helped father instruct companies in drilling (father made stump speeches organizing volunteer companies). Was in Gen. Thomas's La. Brig. During last part of war; came to Fort Worth 1895; very active in Camp and in 1906 was director of music and literary dept; in 1910 held same office in Tex. Div. 1925 Thanksgiving Dinner list says b. 1846. SCH 1910; death reported camp minutes Nov. 2, 1930. Several articles about him Fort Worth Star Telegram 1915" Taken from The Robert E. Lee Camp #158 of Confederate Veterans, Fort Worth, Texas. Added to these notes by Linda Gaskill Hilton on April 15, 2009.

Have picture in my file of Maj J.E. Gaskell "Confederate veteran and song writer, cousin of T.C. Gaskell, Sr. They met oft at Reunions. J.E. home at Ft. Worth, Texas.
Below from a monthly publication in the interest of Confederate Veterans and Kindred topics. Year 1909
"After routine business with theFort Worth Camp comes a half hour of music, readings, and recitations by the young folks under the direction of our gifted musical director, Comrade J.E. Gaskell, of the 17th Louisiana Infantry. He lines up the old boys ever and anon in Camp at our Reunions, State and General, and each year at the Dallas Fair on Confederate Day, and after singing the old time Southern airs, with "Dixie" at the beginning and in the middle, he brings in little Star Redford, the mascot of the Camp, a little bundle of nerves and not larger than a Celtic browie, whose enunciation and gesticulation and aptness at oratory havae never been excelled in our two decades of Camp history. In the Camp is an organization of Confederate Grays.
Taken from book written by Christopher Waldrep "Vicksburg's Long Shadow"
When dawn broke gloriously on Saturday, the Fourth of July, the soldiers still wondered what had happened and what was happening. The Texan J. E. Gaskell heard loud huzzas and saw Union soldiers approaching.. Finally, a report came that the city would be surrendered at ten o'clock. Gaskell recalled later that word of surrender"pierced our hearts." Brave men wept, according to Gaskell. Another veteran recalled the starved defenders as staggering like drunken men. At ten, the Union soldiers fell in, and their band played "Hail Columbia." Then they marched into Vicksburg.
About the war: "During the hottest days of the summer of 1863, while the nation's attention was focused on the small town of Gettysburg, another momentuous battle was being fought along the banks of the Mississippi. In the longest singe campaign of the war, the siege of Vicksburg left 19,000 dead and wounded on both sides, gave the Union Army control of the Mississippi, and left the Confederacy cut in half
Living War Songs Old and New of Gray and Blue with Ritual by Major J. E. Gaskell,
musical director R. E. Lee Camp 158 and U.C. V. Choir, Fort Worth, Texas, 1914

Battle of Chickasaw Bayou, Maj. J. E. Gaskill, Confederate Veteran, Vol. XXXIII (1915), p. 128.

Gaskell, John Evan, Maj. "Living Confederate Songs, by Lt. J.E. Gaskell, R.E. Lee Camp. Ft. Worth, Texas, 28pp (WG 109) Library of Confederate History, Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia1
1920 U.S. Census shows John E. Gaskell (father-in-law) living in the household of Wylie & Neta Chapman
1930 U.S. Census shows John E. Gaskell living in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas Age 85 with the following: Nita L. Holzhauser, age 47; Louise Frowein, age 14; John E. Gaskell, age 85; Will W. Gaskell, 75

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