|Birth||April 25, 1846|
|Death||Sept. 6, 1930|
|Unit||15th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company K|
Private John D. Askwith
Company K, 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry
Askwith was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on April 25, 1846. He was residing in Scranton, Pennsylvania when he enlisted and was mustered on September 28, 1864. His occupation was listed as a blacksmith. He served about 9 months before he was mustered out on June 21, 1865 at Knoxville, Tennessee.
Askwith joined the unit in the final stages of the Civil War. During his enlistment the regiment was involved in the pursuit of Confederate forces under the leadership of General John Bell Hood. The operation occurred between December 20, 1864 and January 6, 1865 in Alabama. In addition, the regiment was involved in the pursuit to capture Confederate President Jefferson Davis after the conclusion of the Civil War.
Askwith died on September 6, 1930 at the age of 84 years. He is buried in IOOF Cemetery in Tilden (Madison County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Harvey Post (#182) of the Grand Army of the Republic in Tilden.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.