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Pennsylvania State Senate

Joseph W Fisher

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Session Position District Party
1867 17 Republican
 Counties   Lancaster


1814 - 1900

Sen. Fisher was born in Northumberland, September 16, 1814; moved to Columbus, Warren County as a boy, and to Lancaster in 1840.  He studied law; joined the bar; was elected to the state House of Representatives, 1848-1849; enlisted May 15, 1861, Capt., 34th Regt., PVI, 5th Pa. Reserves; promoted to Lt. Col., June 21, 1861, during the Seven Days Battles (Richmond).  At 2d Manassas (Bull Run) he received a promotion to Colonel for meritorious conduct while sustaining serious wounds when his horse was shot at full gallop.  He commanded the 34th Regiment, First Brigade, “I” Corps at Antietam, secured the Cornfield, and continued to the summit of South Mountain, forcing a Confederate retreat and personally “planting the standard.”  Col. Fisher performed gallantly at Fredericksburg before assuming brigade command at Gettysburg, figuring prominently as the first to ascend Little Round Top.  He also participated at the Wilderness, Mine Run, and Spotsylvania Court House.  At Charles City Crossroads he “led the famous charge that shattered the enemy.”  Mustered out June 11, 1864, Col. Fisher returned to service in Lancaster as Col., 195th Regt., PVI, 100-day service, commanding his regiment at Petersburg, Virginia.  The Colonel received a brevet promotion to Brig. General, U.S. Volunteers, on Nov. 4, 1865; mustered out on Jan. 31, 1866 with his regiment.  Gen. Fisher was elected to the state Senate, 1867-1868, representing Lancaster County, and received an appointment as justice of the Wyoming Territorial Supreme Court, 1871-1879.  He married Elizabeth R. Shearer in 1836 and passed away on September 18, 1900 in Cheyenne, Wyoming; interred at the Cheyenne City Cemetery.