Robert Haskins: A Confederate Soldier

Fort Pillow (Image from

Fort Pillow (Image from


A Letter That Was Never Delivered.

After Twenty-two Years of Separation an Old Soldier Finds a Clew to the Whereabouts of His Family.

FRANKFORT, Ky., December 8. — In January, 1862, and for about two months previous thereto there lived in this (Franklin) County, near the Shelby County line, a farmer named Robert Haskins. He had a wife and one son, and owned about seventy-five acres of land. In June of that year he enlisted in the Confederate service under Captain Ed. Bell, and left at once for the scene of action. Nearby all of his neighbors also enlisted, on one side or the other, and there were very few left in that vicinity, and consequently the wives and children of the absent soldiers were not in absolute safety from the thieves and deserters who were constantly roaming about. Haskins’ wife becoming more alarmed than the others, decided in October to leave her home and go to Estill County, where she had a cousin living. Her nearest neighbors being wives of Federal soldiers, she did not confide her purpose to them, but wrote a short letter to her husband telling him of her departure, her reasons for going, her destination, etc., and trusted it to the care of one John Bremer, who was home on a furlough at that time and who was a member of the same company as Haskins and lived in the same part of the country. Bremer was made prisoner before he reached camp, and was kept in prison over a year, and the letter, of course was never delivered. When Haskins came home to visit his wife in February, 1863, he found his house deserted, and no one could tell him of the whereabouts of his beloved helpmeet and his little boy. He made every possible inquiry for her, but finally gave up in despair and returned to the army a heartbroken man. At the close of the war Haskins wandered aimlessly about for nearly two years, and finally settled down to keeping a small grocery store in Pleasant Hill, Missouri, and there he stayed till about two weeks ago, when he decided to visit “Old Kentucky” once more. After spending some days with relatives and old comrades-at-arms in other parts of the State, he landed last Saturday in the vicinity of his residence in 1862, and yesterday evening he met J. Bremer, who has been living in the edge of Shelby County since 1867. Bremer, in talking over “old times,” remembered about the letter given him by Mrs. Haskins, and, strange to say, had preserved it, and after searching for some time among some old papers, found it and delivered it to the dumbfound Haskins, after having it in his possession twenty-two years. Mr. Haskins came to Frankfort early this morning on his way to Estill County in search of his wife and son. Mr. Haskins was dangerously wounded at the battle of Fort Pillow, Tenn., in April, 1864, and all his friends (Bremer among the rest) in Kentucky thought he was killed, and he says that is the reason Bremer made no effort to see Mrs. Haskins or himself. He feels almost sure that he will find his son alive and well, though he doubts very much whether his wife is still living. He looks to be about fifty-five years old, and his hair and beard are almost white. He did not know that his wife had a cousin in Estill County, and, of course never thought of looking for her there. His is a strange case and one hard to believe, but he says every word of the above is Gospel truth.

Marion Daily Star (Marion, Ohio) Dec 10, 1884


I have no evidence this man below (in fact, I don’t think it is him) is the one written about in the above article. IF it is the same person, I don’t think the account is entirely accurate. This Robert Haskins below appears to have been married to someone else, although not until 1877 or so, and he lived in Henderson Co., KY. If he had remarried, I am not sure why he would be out searching for his wife and son.

I found no census record with him listed in Missouri either. There is one Robert Haskill, from KY, living in Missouri, but not the location mentioned in the article.

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name: Robert A. Haskins
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Kentucky
Regiment Name: 4 Kentucky Mounted Infantry.
Regiment Name Expanded: 4th Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Infantry
Company: B
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M377 roll 6

From the website, The War For Southern Independence in Kentucky:

4th Regiment, Kentucky Infantry Mounted

The Kentucky 4th Infantry Regiment was organized at Bowling Green, Kentucky, in September, 1861, and became part of the Orphan Brigade or Louisville Legion. Its members were recruited in the counties of Barren, Henderson, Union, Owen, Scott, Green, Jefferson, Taylor, Franklin, Estill, Nicholas, Davies, and Trigg. This unit had 213 men disabled at Shiloh, then was active at Baton Rouge and Jackson. The 4th took an active part in the Battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga and saw action in the Atlanta Campaign. During the fall of 1864 it was mounted, aided in the defense of Savannah, and ended the war in North Carolina. It reported 12 killed, 49 wounded, and 8 missing at Murfreesboro, lost twenty-one percent of the 275 engaged at Chickamauga, and totalled 335 men and 251 arms in December, 1863. Few surrendered on April 26, 1865.


Here is the only other Robert Haskins I can find that served on the confederate side:

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865
Name: Robert Haskins
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin:   Kentucky
Regiment Name: 10 (Johnson’s) Kentucky Cavalry.
Regiment Name Expanded: 10th Regiment, Kentucky Cavalry (Johnson’s)
Company: F
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M377 roll 6


If anyone has any knowledge about Robert Haskins, please leave me a comment. Thanks!

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3 Responses to “Robert Haskins: A Confederate Soldier”

  1. Kelli Says:

    You might be speaking of my great grandfather, Robert Haskins, a confederate soldier. Please contact for further info.

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