John T. Anderson

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 80042

John T. Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John T. Anderson
Birth Name Johannes Andersen Turvold
Patronymic Name Andersen
Lived 21 Mar 1841 - 9 Dec 1908
Birth Place Turvold, Vik parish, Sogn og Fjordane
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Capron, Boone County, IL
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Corporal
Muster Date 15 Nov 1861
Death Location Capron, Boone County, IL
Burial Location Long Prairie Cemetery, Capron, Boone County, IL
Mother Anna Johannesdatter Sæbø
Father Anders Olsen Turvoll
Immigration 2 Jul 1845
Spouse Johanne/Hannah Ingebreksdatter Vange
Spouse Lived 30 Sep 1849-10 Dec 1893
Married On 17 Mar 1870

Johannes Andersen was born on the Turvold farm, Vik parish, Sogn og Fjordane, Norway, on March 21, 1841. He arrived in America on July 2, 1845 with his parents Anders Olsen Turvoll and Anna Johannesdatter Sæbø to Capron, Boone County, IL. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

The army listed Anderson as living in Capron, age 20, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 17, 1861, at Boone County and mustered on November 15, 1861, at Madison, WI, as Corporal (Korporal). He was absent from company to guard a supply train traveling from Stevenson, AL, on October 13, 1863. He was then sick in Nashville, TN, on October 26, 1863. Anderson mustered out with his company on December 20, 1864, at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he married Johanne Ingebreksdatter Vange on March 17, 1870, and they had at least 4 children:  Anna A. (1872-1923), Bertha E. (1874-1926), Nelly A. (1877-1898), and Ida (1880-1836).  Anderson died on December 9, 1908, and was buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Capron. 


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 14, Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 10; Letter, great grandson William N. Georgeson, Lake Forest, Illinois; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 345; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 262; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 273, photo; p. 291; Vik parish register #A7, born and baptised, p. 58,; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical directory, 1825-1850. Volume Two 1844-1846, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 1997, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 124, ID 419, p. 40.

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