Elisha & Catherine (Dobbins) Lanphear

Contributed by Harold Zander


Civil War Soldier & Unit History


Wisconsin 8th Infantry 1861-1865


Elisha Lamphear - Company B

Enlisted 25 November 1865 as a Private

Discharged 31 May 1865 for Disability


Data of Town Where Enlisted: Greenbush, WI

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

This Regiment, known as the "Eagle Regiment" was organized 4 September 1861, with a numerical strength of 973. It was mustered in Sept. 13 and left the state Oct. 12 for the lower Mississippi.

It took part in the actions at Greenville, Island No. 10, Farmington, Corinth, Iuka, Henderson's Hill, Pleasant Hill, Cloutierville, Bayou Lamourie Atchafalaya River, Lake Chicot, Jackson, Haynes' Bluff, Vicksburg Richmond, La., and Nashville.

The General commanding at Farmington, in general orders, said, "The Badger State may feel proud to have the honor of being represented by so gallant a regiment as the 8th Wisconsin."

General Sherman highly complimented the Regiment for doing "its whole duty in the camp, on the march and in battle," for "Peculiar courage and gallantry at Jackson and throughout the siege of Vicksburg," and for other services.

The original strength of 973 was augmented to a total enrollment of 1,643. Losses by death 255, missing 3, desertion 60, transfer 41, discharge 320. It was mustered out at Demopolis, Alabama on 5 September 1865 with 964 men.


Family Research-Lanphear, Lamphear or Lamphere

  • Obit: Lanphear, Catherine (1823 - 1889)

  • Obit: Lanphear, Elisha (1823 - 1894)

  • Cemetery Record

  • Veteran's Grave Record #522

  • Thorp Area Civil War Veterans


  • 1880 Federal Census--Plymouth, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    Name Relation Marital



    Birth Year



    Father Born Mother Born
    Elisha Lamphere Head Married Male White 56-1824 New York Farmer Massachusetts Massachusetts
    Catherine Lamphere Wife Married Female White 56-1824 New Jersey Keeping House New York New Jersey
    James E. Lamphere Son Single Male White 13-1867 Wisconsin At Home New York Canada
    Solomon C. Lamphere Son Single Male White 11-1869 Wisconsin At Home New York Canada



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