Joseph G. Fisher

Joseph G. Fisher

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Joseph G. Fisher
Birth Name Joseph Gurner Fisher
Lived 8 Jan 1832 - 7 Mar 1916
Birth Place Stroud, Gloucestershire
Birth Country England
Residence at Muster-In Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, WI
Company at Enlistment F
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 12 Dec 1861
Death Location Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI
Burial Location Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, MI
Mother Ester (Hester) Evens (Gurner)
Mother Lived -before 1841
Father Joseph Norris Fisher
Father Lived 1804-
Immigration 1847
Spouse Harriet F.
Spouse Lived 1825-
Married On 1854

Joseph G. Fisher was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England on January 8, 1832. His parents were Joseph Fisher and Esther Gurner. His father worked as a taylor. He immigrated in 1847 and married in 1854.

Fisher joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of his company called themselves "KK's Protectors" in honor of the 15th's first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed Fisher as living in Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, WI, unmarried, and age 29. He enlisted for three years on November 18, 1861 at Two Rivers, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was assigned as adjutant clerk on December 14, 1861. He was sick at home in Two Rivers on January 18, 1862. On June 3, 1862, he was listed as still living at Two Rivers. Fisher was discharged from the service for disease at St. Louis, MO on July 2, 1862. He was brother to William A. Fisher

After the war in 1870, he was living in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, Harriet F. and their children. Harriet was born in 1825 in PA. Their children were: Ralph W. (1857), Cora (1860), Frank (1864), and Carrie (1866). In 1910, he was living in an inmates asylum and widowed. He died on March 7, 1916 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI. He was buried in Fairplains Cemetery in Grand Rapids.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-8, 77-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.86; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.503; Civil War Pension Index, roll # T288_153; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_681, Page: 280B, Image: 553, Family History Library Film: 552180l; and 1910 Census, Roll: T624_654, Page: 5A, Enumeration District: 0144, FHL microfilm: 1374667; England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers, Piece Number 1076; Michigan Death Records, Roll 1-302, Item Number: 30000008533253; Roll Number: 226; Certificate Number: 381;


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