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Federal (USV)


Philander Phinney

(1827 - 1907)

Home State: Wisconsin

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 7th Wisconsin Infantry

Before Antietam

He married in 1846 in Williamson, NY, was living in Chester, OH by 1850, and was a farmer in Lodi, WI when he enlisted in Company A, 7th Wisconsin Infantry on 12 June 1861. By then he'd had 6 children, 4 of whom were living.

On the Campaign

He was wounded in action on South Mountain on 14 September 1862.

The rest of the War

Discharged from the 7th Wisconsin on 12 December 1862 for wounds. He organized and was comissioned Captain of Company E, 50th Wisconsin Infantry on 17 March 1865. He mustered out of service on 19 April 1866.

After the War

He was farming in Butler County, IA in 1870, but bought a homestead in Rock County, MN in 1878. He lived there, in Magnolia, MN, for the rest of his life.

References & notes

Service information from State of Wisconsin1 and Quiner2 . Personal details from family genealogists, most notably his Phinneysplace page compiled by Dale Phinney.


03/14/1827; Dix, NY


09/29/1907; Magnolia, MN; burial in Maplewood Cemetery, Luverne, MN


1   State of Wisconsin, Adjutant General's Office, and Chandler P. Chapman, Adj. Gen., Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, 2 volumes, Madison: Democrat Printing Co., State Printers, 1886, Vol. 1, pp. 540 - 543, 877  [AotW citation 10533]

2   Quiner, Edwin Bentley, The Military History of Wisconsin, Chicago: Clarke & Company, Publishers, 1866, pg. 452  [AotW citation 10626]