Jesse Lambert was born on August 30,1843, the fourth child of Isaac and Catharine Lambert, in Logan County, Ohio. By 1850, according to the census for that year, the family had moved to Richland township, Wyandot County, Ohio.
On July 11, 1862, at Patterson, Hardin County, Ohio, Lambert enlisted as a private for a three-year term in Company I of the 45th OVI. Captain Comfort E. Stanley conducted his enlistment . His commanding officers were First Lieutenant (later Captain) Esrom B. Crow, Captain William M. Williams and Colonel Benjamin P. Runkle. His post office at the time of enlistment was in Wharton, Wyandot County, Ohio.
Lambert was mustered into the service on August 19, 1862 at Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio by Captain Alexander E. Drake. At the time of his enlistment he was nineteen years old, stood five feet, nine inches tall, and was described as having a light complexion, grey eyes, and light hair. His occupation was farmer.
Lambert survived the first seventeen months of his enlisted duty unscathed. During the Battle of Holston River on November 15, 1863, while his unit was retreating from Rockford, Tennessee north towards Knoxville, Lambert was wounded in the right thigh by a Confederate minie ball. Witnesses who later provided statements regarding his wounds for his pension application were Sylvester G. Mitchell and William P. Hughes, both former privates in Company I.
After being taking to US Army General Hospital No. 1, Knoxville, Tennessee, Lambert was reported absent, wounded, and in the hospital in November and December. He returned to duty on March 28, 1864. According to the records, he apparently suffered sunstroke during the 1864 Atlanta Campaign.
Lambert remained with his unit until he was mustered out by Captain John I. Morris, 20th Battery Indiana Volunteers, on June 12,1865 at Camp Harker, Tennessee. Colonel John H. Humphrey was in charge of the regiment at the time. Lambert had served for exactly two years and seven months.
After the war Lambert remained in Wyandot County for a number of years working as a farmer and raising a family. Following his divorce from Mary Ann Yahney Lambert in 1878, he moved to Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana. Lambert apparently liked Montana, though he made frequent trips back to Wyandot County. He died on September 4,1919 in Bozeman and his remains were sent back to Wyandot. Today the only remaining heirloom of Jesse Lambert is his black diamond walnut walking cane that he used in later life as a result of his wartime injuries.
His obituary appeared on page one of the September 11, 1919 issue of The Daily Chief, a Wyandot County newspaper. His granddaughter, Flora Lambert True, who was twelve years old at the time of this death, later told her grandson, Gary C. Ritter, that Lambert was buried in Wharton cemetery, but since her passing Ritter has been unable to find the exact location of his grave.
Information for this biography was supplied by Gary C. Ritter, LTC (ret), US Army <firstname.lastname@example.org>.