IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co.
updated 01/05/08

Civil War Soldiers
Jacob Wampler & Phillip I. Pierce

Jacob Wampler
Jacob Wampler

Jacob Wampler served with the 5th Regiment, Iowa Infantry.

This Regiment was organized at Burlington July 15, 1861. Moved to Keokuk, Iowa, August 2, thence to St. Louis, Mo., August 11. Attached to Fremont's Army of the West and Dept. of Missouri, to March, 1862. 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army Mississippi, to April, 1862. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, Army Mississippi, April, 1862. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Army Mississippi, to November, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 7th Division, Left Wing 13th Army Corps (Old), Dept. Tennessee, to December, 1862. 3rd Brigade, 7th Division, 16th Army Corps, to January, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 7th Division, 17th Army Corps, to September, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 2nd Division, 17th Army Corps, to December, 1863. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 15th Army Corps, to August, 1864.

Phillip I. Pierce
Phillip I. Pierce

Phillip I. Pierce served with the 6th Regiment, Iowa Cavalry.

This Regiment was organized at Davenport January 31 to March 5, 1863. Moved to Sioux City, Dakota, March 16-April 26, 1863. Operations against hostile Indians about Fort Randall May and June. Moved to Fort Pierre, and duty there till July. Sully's Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians August 13-September 11. Actions at White Stone Hill September 3 and 5. Duty at Fort Sully, Fort Randall and Sioux City till June, 1864. Sully's Expedition against hostile Sioux Indians June 26-October 8. Engagement at Tah kah a kuty (aka Tahkahokuty Mountain) July 28. Two Hills, Bad Lands, Little Missouri River, August 8. Expedition from Fort Rice to relief of Fisk's Emigrant train September 11-30. Fort Rice September 27. Duty by Detachments at Fort Randall, Sioux City, Fort Berthold, Yankton and the Sioux and Winnebago Indian Agencies till October, 1865. Mustered out October 17, 1865.

*source: National Park Service CW Soldiers & Sailors System website


Additional information

Jacob Wampler and Phillip I. Pierce served in the Civil War from Allamakee county. Phillip & Jacob were from the same neighborhood, and it is very likely they knew each other. Perhaps they were friends and enlisted together, even though they served in different regiments. The photos obviously were taken in the same studio.

From Allamakee co. IAGenWeb - Early Settlers of the Upper Iowa River: " ....two neighborhoods, Clear Creek and French Creek, became a community center, especially when our young men began to enlist in '61 and '62. D. G. Albert in Ohio at the first call for troops, April 15th, 1861, early in '62 Levi and Joseph Green, John Sires (and later Daniel Sires), Phillip I. Pierce, Robt. and Jacob Wampler."

From Chapter XI of the 1882 History of Allamakee co. J. Wampler is listed as serving in the 5th Inf. Co. K. & having died in Otterville, MO. which matches the record for Jacob Wampler found on the Ancestry website (see below). On the same page of the 1882 history, is listed Phillip I. Pierce, who served in the 6th Cavalry Co. F

From the Ancestry.com website, American Civil War Soldiers database:
Jacob Wampler, Union County Iowa (sic - he was from Union City twp, Allamakee co.), state served: Iowa, unit #228, enlisted as a Private on July 1, 1861 at the age of 21, joined Company K, 5th Infantry Regiment Iowa on 16 July 1861, died of disease on January 2, 1862 in Otterville, MO.

From Guy Steinmetz (Pierce/Vasey genealogy), Elma, NY - sent January 2008:

Although I cannot positively ID the two men in the photos, I can give you a little more information about the two.
Philip I. Pierce was born 1832 in Bradford Co., PA to Sydney Pierce and Ester Verback.  Philip was the 2nd of 15 children of Sydney Pierce (two wives), Ester died before 1850, he later remarried to Hannah.  The family in 1850 is living in South Creek, Bradford Co., PA.   Philip I. Pierce married  Manora "Nora" Allen, born in NY, and her family also lived in Bradford Co., PA in 1850.  By 1860 Philip and Manora are living in Winnabago, MN where their 1st child Sydney P. Pierce (sometimes P.S. Pierce) was born July of 1860.  The family moved to Allamakee Co., Iowa by 1870 where their 2nd child is born, Manora "Nora" Pierce (b. May 1868) . The 1870 Census has  P.J. Pierce living in Iowa City, with wife and two children.  

Sidney P. Pierce married Mary Virginia Wampler, daughter of Joseph Wampler. Marora "Nora" Pierce became the 2nd wife of John W. Hartley (another Civil War Vet from Allamakee Co.).

So it appears that Philip I. Pierce and Joseph Wampler are indirectly related by the marriage of their children.

On the Allamakee co. IAGenWeb site one of the cemetery listings for Joseph Wampler, lists in the remarks column, the names of his living children: William, Mrs. Sidney Pierce, and Mrs. Clint Mulholland. So if the photos where found together, with those names on them,  a good chance those are the gentlemen.


~The photos were contributed by Diana Diedrich. She wrote "..... received them from a cousin that lives in the Waukon area so I am pretty sure they are from Allamakee county." The photos that Diana received were misidentified as: Joseph Wampler JR and Rodney Pierce. The 'Soldiers & Sailors' website has no Joseph Wampler or Rodney Pierce listed as serving in the CW from Iowa and neither are listed in the 1882 Allamakee co. history as serving in the CW. The above information was compiled in an effort to correctly ID the photos.

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