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Term: Guppey, Gen. Joshua J. (1820-1893)

Definition:

b. Dover, New Hampshire, August 27, 1820
d. Portage, Wisconsin, December 8, 1893

Joshua Guppey is best known for his leadership during the Civil War, though he was also active in local politics in Portage, Wisconsin.

Lawyer and Judge

Joshua J. Guppey was born on August 27, 1820, in Dover, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1843 and three years later was admitted to the New Hampshire bar. He soon came west to Wisconsin, opened a law office in Columbus, and became a probate judge in Columbia County in 1849.

From 1850-1858 he served as a county judge and from 1858-1861 he was superintendent of Portage schools. In 1862, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Congress as a Democrat. After this loss, he became a Republican and remained associated with that party until his death.

Military Career

In 1861, Judge Guppey was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 10th Wisconsin Infantry. His regiment left the state for Kentucky in November 1861 and spent the next six months skirmishing and destroying Confederate railroads.

On July 25, 1862, Guppey was promoted to colonel of the newly formed 23rd Infantry and returned to Madison to take command. The regiment was mustered in at Camp Randall in August 1862, and headed south the following month. Over the next nine months Guppey's regiment fought at the battles of Arkansas Post, Port Gibson, and Champion Hill, as well as in the assault on Vicksburg. During 1863, Col. Guppey, like many of his men, suffered badly from malaria or other illnesses. At times he gave his subordinates the command of the regiment.

On November 3, 1863, Guppey was wounded during a skirmish in Louisiana and gave up command for several months but rejoined his regiment in July 1864 at Baton Rouge. The next month he was promoted to general of the 3rd Brigade of the 2nd Division of the 19th U.S. Army Corps.

In spring 1865 he commanded the brigade during the campaign against Mobile, Alabama, including the Battle of Fort Blakely. On March 13, 1865, he was brevetted brigadier general for his “gallant and meritorious services during the war.”

Postwar Career

From 1866-1873, Guppey resumed his position as superintendent of schools in Portage, Wisconsin, and from 1866-1881 he served again as county judge. He was active in establishing a local company of the Wisconsin National Guard (Co. F, 3rd Infantry) which was named the Guppey Guard in his honor. In 1882, he retired and on December 8, 1893, he died in Portage, Wisconsin.

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[Source: Portage Weekly Democrat, December 15, 1893; Proceedings, State Historical Society of Wisconsin, vol. 41: 18-19; History of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin (Chicago, 1879).]

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Gaar, John 1887 - 1973
Gaenslen, Frederick Julius 1877 - 1937
Gagen, Daniel 1835 - 1908
Gagin, William P. 1916
Gale, George 1816 - 1868
Gale, Zona 1874 - 1938
Galli, G. Fred 1902
Gallun, August Frederick 1834 - 1912
Galpin, Charles Josiah 1864 - 1947
Ganfield, William Arthur 1873 - 1940
Gard, John 1963
Garland, Hamlin 1860 - 1940
Garrison, Frank 1852 - 1905
Garth, Schuyler Edward 1898 - 1947
Gates, James Leslie 1850 - 1911
Gaulke, Ellsworth K. 1925
Gaylord, Adj. Gen. Augustus (1826-1901)
Gee, Harvey F. 1908
Gehrmann, Bernard E. 1920
Gein, Edward 1906 - 1984
Geist, Walter 1894 - 1951
Gelatt, Roland Bernard 1856 - 1917
Gens de Mer
Genzmer, Elmer L. 1903
George, Gary R. 1954
Gerlach, Chester A. 1947
Germans in Wisconsin
Geske, Janine P. 1949
Gessert, Harry L.
Gettelman, Adam 1847 - 1925
Geuder, William 1852 - 1903
Gibson, Lawrence R. 1912
Gielow, Curt 1945
Giese, Kenyon E. 1933
Gilbert, Edward Martinius 1875 - 1956
Gilbert, Frank Lynch 1864 - 1930
Gilbert, William 1827 - 1900
Gill, Col. Charles R. (1830–1883)
Gill, Thomas Henry A. 1858 - 1940
Gillespie, Ezekiel (1818-1892)
Gilmore, Eugene Allen 1871 - 1953
Gilson, Earl 1923
Gilson, Norman Shepard 1839 - 1914
Gimmestad, Lars Monsen 1868 - 1943
Ginty, George Clay 1840 - 1890
Glidden, Carlos 1834 - 1877
Glode, Menominee leader, d. 1804
Glory of the Morning, Ho-chunk peace chief, dates
Glover, Arthur James 1873 - 1949
Glover, Joshua
Goethel, Karl J. 1930
Goetsch, Robert G. 1933
Goetz, George Washington 1856 - 1897
Gonski, Casimir 1869 - 1946
Goodell, Rhoda Livinia 1839 - 1880
Goodland, Walter Samuel 1862 - 1947
Goodrich, Albert Edgar 1826 - 1885
Goodrich, Joseph 1800 - 1867
Goodrich, Patricia A. 1933
Gordon, Myron L. 1918
Gordon, Philip 1886 - 1948
Gorrell, James, dates unverified
Goss, Benjamin Franklin 1823 - 1893
Gottlieb, Mark 1956
Gower, John C. 1941
Goyke, Gary R. 1947
Graass, Frank N. 1885
Grabner [Graebner], August Lawrence 1849 - 1904
Grady, Daniel Henry 1872 - 1954
Grady, Warren A. 1924
Graham, Heather 1970 -
Graham, Robert 1826 - 1892
Grant, Albert Weston 1856 - 1930
Grant, Alexander R. 1925
Grant, Bud (Harold Peter Grant, Jr.) 1920 -
Gratiot, Henry 1789 - 1836
Gray, Hamilton Hunter 1827 - 1902
Gray, John R. 1925
Great Buffalo (Ke-Che-Waish-Ke Or Bezhike) 1759 -
Greco, Angelo F. 1925
Greeks in Wisconsin
Green, Mark A. 1960
Green, William T. 1860 - 1911
Greene, Thomas Arnold 1827 - 1894
Greene, Walter S. 1834 - 1891
Gregory, Charles Noble 1851 - 1932
Gregory, Horace 1898 - 1982
Gregory, John Goadby 1856 - 1947
Greider, Gerald A. 1923
Greulich, August 1813 - 1893
Griffin, Ezra Leonard 1821 - 1892
Griffin, Michael 1842 - 1899
Grignon, Augustin, 1780-1860.
Grignon, Charles Augustin, 1808 - 1862
Grignon, Pierre Sr. 1740 - 1795
Griswold, Harry Wilbur 1886 - 1939
Griswold, Hattie [Tyng] 1840 - 1909
Grobschmidt, Richard A. 1948
Gronemus, Barbara 1931
Gronouski, John A., 1919-
Groppi, Father James, 1930-1985
Groseilliers, Medard Chouart, Sieur Des 1618 - 168
Groshek, Leonard A. 1913
Grothman, Glenn 1955
Grottkau, Paul 1846 - 1898
Grover, Herbert J. 1937
Gruszynski, Stan 1949
Guenther, Richard William 1845 - 1913
Guiles, Jon R. 1945
Gunderson, Scott L. 1956
Gunderson, Steven 1951
Gundrum, Mark 1970
Gunther, Theodore (1826 0 1885)
Guppey, Gen. Joshua J. (1820-1893)
Gurley, Zenas Hovey 1801 - 1871

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