William H. & Fanny (Phillips) Lake

Contributed by Harold Zander



Civil War Civil War Soldier & Unit History

Wisconsin 1st Infantry 1861-1864


William H Lake - Company H

Enlisted 16 September 1861 as a Private

Wounded 8 October 1862 in Chaplin Hills, Kentucky

Discharged for wounds 10 February 1863


Data of Town Where Enlisted: Sheboygen Falls, WI

Killed or mortally wounded
Died as POW
Died of Disease
Mustered out



This regiment was organized as a 90-day regiment under the proclamation of April 16, 1861, with a numerical strength of 810, and left the state June 9. It led the advance on Martinsburg, participated in the battle of Falling Waters, and was mustered out Aug. 22, 1861.

It was reorganized as a three year regiment and mustered in Oct. 19, with a strength of 945. Colonel Starkweather was placed in command of the 28th brigade, Sept. 3, 1862, and Lieutenant Colonel Bingham was advanced to colonel, Major Mitchell to Lieutenant ­Colonel, and Captain Donald C. McVean was appointed Major.

The regiment participated in the battles of Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge. It was mustered out Oct. 21, 1864.

The original organization of 810 lost 91 by death, desertion, transfer and discharge, and mustered out, 719.


The reorganization numbering 945, was increased by recruiting, drafting and reenlistment of veterans to 1,508; losses, by death, 235; by desertion, 57; by transfer, 47- by discharge, 298; mustered out, 871.


Family Research


At the time of the 1880 Census, George W. and Adelia Warner, along with their two sons, Edelbert and Frank, and their daughter Abby were neighbors to William H. and Fanny Lake.  Adam and Christiana Allman aslo lived nearby with their three sons: John, William and Charles; and three daughters: Clara, Josephine and Ella.


1880 Federal Census--Medford, Taylor, Wisconsin
Name Relation Marital



Birth Year



Father Born Mother Born
William H. Lake Head Married Male White 48-1832 New York Farmer Vermont New York
Fanny Lake Wife Married Female White 54-1826 New York Keeping House Massachusetts Massachusetts
Mary White Mother-in-law Widowed Female White 74-1806 Massachusetts At School Massachusetts Massachusetts


  • Obit: Lake, Augusta (1908)

  • Obit: Lake, Bessie (? - 1925)

  • Obit: Lake, William H. (1832 - 1908)

  • Cemetery Record

  • Veteran's Grave Record #554

  • Thorp Area Civil War Veterans




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