The Town of Lisbon (Sussex included - was un unincorporated crossroads village in the Town) had its share of soldiers and camp volunteers during the momentous four-year (1861-1865) war between states known in the Union North as the Civil War. There are a lot of notations on who, how mnay and who else might be involved. Despite these lists, no record is ever complete but this feature about Lisbon's involvement will try to list them.
During the Civil War, the population of Wisconsin was 775,881 (1860 Census) Wisconsin had an estimated 96,000 soldiers in the ranks of the Northern Union forces. That works out to 12.4 percent of the state population, or one out of eight.
State soldiers who died in the Civil War was 12,218 or 12.3 percent of the 96,000 serving.
This death rate works out for Wisconsin as 1.6 percent of the estimated Wisconsin population died in the armed forces.
By comparison, World War I saw Wisconsin with a population of 3,157.587 of which 375,000 served in the armed forces against Germany and Japan; 2.1 percent of Wisconsin soldiers died in World War II (7,980 or one if 50 of the soldiers from Wisconsin involved.)
Today the cemeteries in Lisbon and Sussex bury some of the killed in Civil War service, but many more who served were discharged and died after the war. Many of the graves are marked with "GAR" metal medallions however, many of the medallions have been stolen. Many are buried under the white marble U.S. government-issued markers.
The following is a roster of Lisbon soldiers taken from page 516 in the "1880 History of Waukesha County" augmented by an additional roster from the 1989 "Weaver Civil War Diary." This has particular emphasis on the Waukesha Regiment, the celebrated
Wisconsin 28th Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
First Infantry: B. Daniel, H. Henshaw, James and Amos Greenago.
Fifth Infantry: Andrew J. Smith, Thomas Larkin, Samuel Gower, James Botsford, Joseph Gray, Hiram Hine and Robert Powrie.
10th Infantry: Andrew Howitt.
17th Infantry: John McKenna.
38th Infantry: F. Fish.
Regiment unknown: Frank Hine, Thompson Richmond, Elisha Pearl and H. Howard.
First Cavalry: George Boyce, Patrick Murphy, Thomas Dixon, William H. Thomas.
Now the Lisbon soldiers in the 28th Infantry were the biggest group from Lisbon in one unit according to the Weaver diary. They are: Company A Privates Edmond Wilkins, James Burton, Thomas H. Gower, George Jeffery (died March 6, 1863), Charles Luce (died Aug. 28, 1864), Henry G. Mead and Corp. Charles W. Wildish (died Aug. 21, 1863).
Company B: Privates Wallace B. Ellsworth, Frederick S. Weaver, Lucius Weaver and Sgt. Alfred Weaver.
Company F: Privates Gottlieb Bohrmann, Thomas Butler, Benjamin Campbell, Amasa Carpenter, Samuel Crouch (deserted), George Dingledein, John Field, George Fielder (died Oct. 30, 1863), Charles McGill (died Sept. 2, 1864), Levi Palmer, John Taylor (died Sept. 3, 1863), Corp. James Moyes, William Rankin, John Watson, Regiment 1st Sgt. Alexander Rodgers, Second Lt. George Higgins and Capt. Jeremiah Noon (died Aug. 10, 1863).
Company G: Private Edward H. Dougherty and Second Lt. Andrew McKee.
Company H: Andrew Ennis, Louis Gebmann (died Sept. 6, 1864), Patrick Hanley (deserted), Thomas Lannon, Amost Rosier, Second Lt. John A. Hurtgen and Company K private George A. Mason.
James Templeton is credited with being part of the 28th and did serve but he is not on the regiment's roster.
James A. Elliot served as a teamster with the 28th.
Notable among the men was John Moyes whose land today is the Sussex Village Park plus the fire department.
Corp. John Watson became the Lisbon Town Chairman in 1871-72, earlier Thompson Richmond was Town Chairman from 1883-84. The lone son of the deceased Charles McGill, William D. McGill, became a long term Town Chairman serving from 1889-90 and then again from 1904-07 and 1922-24. He started the Sussex Associated Bank. His father, Charles McGill is buried in Pine Bluff, Ark. Thompson Richmond and James Templeton have schools in Lisbon named after them.