|Birth||March 3, 1843|
|Death||Jan. 13, 1921|
|Cemetery||Forest Lawn (Omaha)|
Private Orson E Stearns
Company B, 8th Wisconsin Infantry
Stearns was born in New York State on March 3, 1843. He was living in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin when he enlisted and mustered in the regiment on September 3, 1861. Stearns served 4 years with the outfit. He was mustered out on September 5, 1865 at Dempolis, Alabama.
The 8th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison on September 13, 1861. During Stearns’ enlistment, the unit was involved in many major battles and military operations. Some of them include:
Battle of Corinth (MS) (October 3-4, 1862). Casualties were 16 killed, 57 wounded, and 4 captured.
Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).
Battle of Pleasant Hill (LA) (April 9, 1864).
Battle of Nashville (TN) (December 15-16, 1864).
Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).
Stearns died on January 13, 1921 at the age of 77 years. He is buried in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha (Douglas County), Nebraska. Stearns was a charter member of the Live Eagle Post (#147) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Fullerton, Nebraska. In addition he was a member of the Crook Post (#262) of the GAR in Omaha.
The “Live Eagle Post” was named in honor of a female bald eagle which was the mascot of the 8th Wisconsin Infantry. The eagle lived for 20 years (1861-1881) and was the insignia of the United States Army’s 101st Airborne Division.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.