John B. Hovland

John B. Hovland

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John B. Hovland
Birth Name Johannes Børresen Hovland
Other Names Johannes Børresen Hovland, John Hoveland
Patronymic Name Børresen
Lived ca. 1842/1843 - 07 Mar 1862
Birth Place Saksumdal, Faaberg, Oppland
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI
Company at Enlistment D
Rank at Enlistment Corporal
Muster Date 01 Jan 1862
Cause of Death phthisis and bronchitis
Death Location St. Louis, MO
Burial Location Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St Louis, MO, section 37, grave 81
Mother Christine Johansdtr Traaseth
Father Børre Christensen Hovland
Father Lived 1818-
Immigration 1849

John B. Hovland was enlisted in Company D of the 15th WI at Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI on November 11, 1861 for a 3-year term of service. The men of the company called themselves the Norway Wolf Hunters. John was appointed to the rank of Corporal (Korporal) on January 1, 1862. Corporal Hovland was mustered into Federal service at that rank on February 13, 1862 at Camp Randall near Madison, Dane County, WI. At the time he was listed as being 19 years old and not married. His residence was recorded as Oconomowoc, WI.

After several months at Camp Randall learning to be a soldier, Corporal Hovland left there on March 2, 1862, with his company and regiment to join the war. On March 4, 1862, he was admitted to Pacific General Hospital in St. Louis, MO. The regiment then proceeded south down the Mississippi River and he never rejoined it again. At the hospital Private Hovland was treated for "phthisis and bronchitis" but passed away from them on March 7, 1862. At the time of his death the Army recorded that he was 5 feet 11 inches tall and possessed $1.00 in cash and personal effects worth $1.50.


Sources: Genealogical data from Ola Morken; Civil War Compiled Military Service Records, Office of Adjutant General of the United States (Washington, DC); Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894); Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Volume I, Office of the Adjutant General State of Wisconsin (Madison, Wisconsin, 1886).

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