Gaskill, Varney A.
Age: 0, credited to Clarendon, VT
Unit(s): GA State QM
Service: QM of Georgia (CSA)
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Birth: 09/21/1824, Clarendon, VT
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Jennifer Snoots
Findagrave Memorial #: 37415607
Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Not found
College?: Not Found
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Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, VT
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Varney A. Gaskill
Rutland Daily Herald, Feb. 10, 1898:
Col. V. A. Gaskill died of diabetes at his home on Grove street yesterday afternoon after an illness of three months.
Varney A. Gaskill was born at North Clarendon September 21, 1824. He was educated in the public schools and at Middlebury, from which college he graduated in 1846 in the same class with ex-Gov. Stewart. Immediately after his graduation Mr. Gaskill went to Griffin, Ga., where he taught school. A southern planter sent him to Mercer, in the same state, and he was graduated from the theological seminary there in 1849. After serving several year as a Baptist minister in Georgia, Mr. Gaskill studied law, and in 1853 was admitted to practice in the state and federal courts. He opened an office at Atlanta and became attorney for the Georgia Central and other railroads.
Mr. Gaskill codified the laws of Georgia, by direction of the Governor, in 1854, and by the time of the breaking out of the civil war had accumulated considerable property, mostly real estate, which was nearly swept away by Sherman's army. He was commissioned quartermaster general of Georgia in 1861, and the same year he became postmaster of the 4th brigade, Georgia volunteers, with the rank of major. Gov. Brown appointed him on his staff with the rank of colonel. He was assistant secretary of the national democratic convention and alternate presidential elector for Georgia in 1868, and he was chief clerk of the reconstruction bureau of Georgia under Gens. Pope and Meade. He returned to Vermont in 1879 and settled in Rutland.
Among the diversified activities of Col. Gaskill's career must be noted a trial at newspaper work. He was one of the founders of the Atlanta Constitution, and wrote an editorial that appeared in the first number of that sheet.
Col. Gaskill once ran for Congress against Robert Toombs. It is related of this canvass that Toombs, as he stumped the district, read a letter from a citizen of North Clarendon stating that Mr. Gaskill had spent much time in Vermont making abolition speeches.
Col. Gaskill married in 1850 Martha Battle of Powellton, Ga., the niece of the planter who educated him for the ministry. After her death he married Mrs. Harriet Whiteside of Chattanooga, Tenn. His third wife was Mrs. Mary A. Hilliard (Mrs. Isaac Daniels) of this city. About a year and a half ago he married Mrs. Augusta Tremaine of Rutland, who survives him. He leaves two sons and a daughter, Charles B. Gaskill of Atlanta, Ga., Clinton R. Gaskill of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Mrs. Cora Gaskill McKenney of Chattanooga.
The funeral will take place at Trinity church Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Contributed by Jennifer Snoots.