John  Thompson

John Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John Thompson
Birth Name
Lived ca. 1833 -
Residence at Muster-In Moscow, Iowa County, WI
Company at Enlistment G
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 8 Dec 1861

John Thompson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the "Rock River Rangers."

The army listed him as living in Moscow, Iowa County, WI, age 28, and married. He enlisted for three years on November 4, 1861, at Moscow and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 8, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He disappeared from the steamship Alps on April 4, 1862, while coming with part of the regiment from Birds Point, MO, to Mississippi River Island No. 10. It is not known if he fell overboard and drowned or if he ran away, so he was listed as a deserter. It is stated in Oberst Heg og hans Gutter that Thompson drowned on April 4, 1862.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, box 76-9; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, vol. 20, p. 106; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 544; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 334; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter [Colonel Heg and his boys], Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 313.

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