Civil War Veterans Buried In Washington State - Joseph Plaskett

Joseph H. Plaskett

Representing: Union
G.A.R. Post: Oliver Morton Post #10 Snohomish, WA

Unit History

  • 144th New York Infantry F

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Joseph Plaskett
Full Unit History

Organized: 9/27/62 Delhi, NY
Mustered Out: 6/25/65 Hilton Head, SC

Regimental History


   A three-year unit, until April, 1863 the 144th was stationed in the fortifications guarding the nation’s capital.  It then assisted in the defenses of Suffolk, VA during Confed. Gen. Longstreet’s siege.  In July the regiment was ordered to Charleston, SC where it was engaged at Folly and Morris islands.  There it was also with Gen. Gillmore’s forces besieging Fort Wagner, and bombarding Fort Sumter and the City of Charleston.

   Early ’64 found the 144th, still in South Carolina, engaged at Seabrook and John’s islands.  It was then ordered to Florida where it conducted raiding expeditions and was engaged at Camp Finnegan.  Returning to South Carolina in midyear the unit was again active at John’s Island as well as Honey Hill and Deveaux Neck.

   Casualties-killed, wounded and missing- at Honey Hill were 108.  At Deveaux neck they were 37. Reduced in ranks by battle and disease an influx of one year recruits near years end brought the regiment back to strength.

   In early 1865 the 144th was severely engaged at James Island near Hitlton Head, SC losing 44 killed, wounded and missing.  The regiment remained in the Hilton Head area until final muster.  

Soldier History

Residence: Hancock, NY   Age: 18.6 yrs.
Enlisted: 8/15/62 Hancock, NY   Rank: Cpl.
Mustered In: 9/21/62
Mustered Out: 6/25/65 Hilton Head, SC
Highest Rank: Cpl.

Family History


   Joseph H. Plaskett was born 2/10/44 in Burckingham, PA.  Aside from having a sister, Martha, no details are available on his birth family or formative years.  All, documents present no specifics pertaining to the 5’6” teenaged farm boy’s military experience beyond the fact that his tenure later earned him a government disability pension which amounted to $50 per month at the time of his death.

   Leaving the service, Private Plaskett first returned to the Pennsylvania County of his birth.  Shortly thereafter, however, he moved to Omaha, NE.  Then, from spring 1867 through September, 1869 he traveled through Colorado, Utah, Montana before settling in the Puget Sound area of Washington Territory.

   Here he “transformed a forest just east of, and adjoining Snohomish into a desirable and valuable home.”  Joseph married Cassie England on 6/30/86.  The union would produce two children:  Maud (12/12/86), and “Jack” (11/2/98).

   During the 1880s the Civil War vet was elected county auditor for Snohomish County.  When the Oliver Morton G.A.R. Post was established in 1884 Mr. Plaskett was a charter member and served as its first adjutant.  Joseph Plaskett, aged 76.11 years died 3/22/21. Cause of death was noted as chronic nephritis (kidney disease) and arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) Speaking at Joseph’s graveside ceremony was G.A.R. Comrade D.F. Sexton (Row7 Site 3) who had known him for forty-two years.  Mr. Sexton characterized the Civil War vet as “an honorable upright, strictly honest citizen who bore his long lingering illness, with amazing patience and, when visited almost invariably inquired “How are the boys, The Comrades?”  Cassie Plaskett died 9/27/36.  At death she was receiving $30 per month of her late husband’s pension.  She is buried by Joseph’s side.    


Buried at Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery Snohomish
Site: Mausoleum

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