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Joseph G. Fisher

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Joseph G. Fisher

Birth Name

Joseph Gurner Fisher


8 Jan 1832 – 7 Mar 1916

Birth Place

Stroud, Gloucestershire

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Two Rivers, Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

12 Dec 1861

Death Location

Grand Rapids, Kent County, MI

Burial Location

Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, MI


Ester (Hester) Evens (Gurner)

Mother Lived

-before 1841


Joseph Norris Fisher

Father Lived





Harriet F.

Spouse Lived


Married On


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;