Joseph M Giddings

BirthSept. 4, 1840
DeathAug. 13, 1931
CemeteryLee Park (Custer Co)
PostSteedman (Ansley)
Unit11th Wisconsin Infantry, Company K

Corporal Joseph M. Giddings

Company K, 11th Wisconsin Infantry

Giddings was born on September 4, 1840. He was living in Clayton (Winnebago County), Wisconsin when he enlisted and was mustered as a corporal on September 17, 1861. Giddings served nearly 4 years and was mustered out on September 4, 1865.

The 11th Wisconsin Infantry was organized and mustered at Madison on October 18, 1861. During Giddings’ enlistment, the regiment was involved in several major battles and campaigns. Some of them include:

Battle of Champion’s Hill (MS) (May 16, 1863).

Siege of Vicksburg (MS) (May 18-July 4, 1863).

Siege of Spanish Fort and Fort Blakely (AL) (March 26-April 8, 1865).

Occupation of Mobile (AL) (April 12, 1865).

The regiment fought in 2 very costly battles/sieges during the Civil War. Eleven (11) soldiers were lost and 102 were wounded on May 22, 1863 at the Siege of Vicksburg. Fifteen (15) were killed and 45 were wounded on April 9, 1865 at the Siege of Fort Blakely.

Giddings died on August 13, 1931 at the age of 90 years. He is buried in the Lee Park South Cemetery in Westerville (Custer County), Nebraska. At the time of his death, he was the last member of the Steedman Post (#180) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Ansley, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Washburn Post (#98) in Broken Bow and the last member of the Myrtle Post (#263) in Kingston, Nebraska.

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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.