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Joseph Fisher
Born (1843-08-24)August 24, 1843
Died October 8, 1903(1903-10-08) (aged 60)
Place of birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Place of death Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Buried at Fernwood Cemetery
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service April 21, 1861 to 1865
Rank Corporal
Unit Pennsylvania Company C, 61st Pennsylvania Infantry
Battles/wars Third Battle of Petersburg
Awards Medal of Honor

Corporal Joseph Fisher (August 24, 1843 to October 8, 1903) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Fisher received the country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor, for his action during the Third Battle of Petersburg in Virginia on 2 April 1865. He was honored with the award on 16 January 1894.[1][2][3]


Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 24 August 1843. He first enlisted into a three-month service with the 23rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry in April 1861. After mustering out he reentered the service in September 1861, joining the 61st Pennsylvania Infantry. He went on to be promoted to Corporal and, on 2 April 1865, performed the act of gallantry that earned him the Medal of Honor.

Fisher died on 8 October 1903 and his remains are interred at the Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania.

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Carried the colors 50 yards in advance of his regiment, and after being painfully wounded attempted to crawl into the enemy's works in an endeavor to plant his flag thereon.[1][2]

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