William  Groshong

William Groshong

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist William Groshong
Birth Name William Groshong
Other Names Chroshong, Chroshoug, Kroshaug
Lived 1 Jun 1828 - 7 Jun 1899
Birth Place New York
Birth Country USA
Residence at Muster-In Waterford, Racine County, WI
Company at Enlistment B
Rank at Enlistment Musician
Muster Date 2 Dec 1861
Burial Location Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI
Spouse Mary Ann Kelly
Married On 16 Jul 1850
Marriage Location Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI
2nd Spouse Mary
2nd Spouse Lived 1845- 1920

William Groshong was born on June 1, 1828 in NY. His father was born in NJ and mother in MA. He married Mary Ann Kelly on July 16, 1850 in Milwaukee, WI.

Groshong joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the "Norway Bear Hunters," but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Groshong as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 32, and married. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on November 20, 1861 at Waterford, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Musician. He was missing on May 1862. He came to the company again at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 4, 1862. He was reported sick and was absent without leave in August 1862. He was missing again on March 3, 1863 and listed as deserted. He was discharged from the service on February 11, 1863 at Madison, WI (Meeker says November 27, 1862. Had enlisted as “Chroshong”, but was discharged as “Groshong”.)

Groshong was married a second time to another woman named Mary. She was born in 1845. In 1880, they were living with their 2 children in Wilhelmina (1876) and Jane (1880). He worked as a farmer. He was moved to the NW branch of the National Home for Disabled Voluntary Soldiers in Milwaukee. He had rheumatism and a disease of the eyes. He died in 1899 and his second wife died in 1920.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.44; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.413; findagrave; U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, p.299; 1880 Census; WI Marriages, 1836-1930, Batch #M00864-9; GS Film #1032380.


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