John  Ingmundsen

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 30563

John Ingmundsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John Ingmundsen
Birth Name John Anthon Johannesen
Other Names John Ingemundsen, Ingmunson, Ingmundson
Patronymic Name Johanneson
Lived 28 Oct 1832 - 30 Dec 1862
Birth Place Gathue farm in Rygge parish, Smaalenene
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Neshonoc, La Crosse County, WI
Company at Enlistment E
Rank at Enlistment Captain
Muster Date 9 Dec 1861
Cause of Death killed in action
Death Location Battle of Stones River, TN
Burial Location Buried in an unmarked grave
Mother Nicholine Andersdtr. Wendelboe
Father Johannes Ingmundsen
Immigration 1853
Spouse Elina Simenson
Married On 27 Feb 1856
Marriage Location Neshonoc, La Crosse County, WI

John Anthon Ingmundson was born on October 28, 1832 on the Gathue farm in Rygge parish, Smaalenene, Norway. His parents were Johannes Ingmundsen and Nicholine Andersdtr. Wendelboe. He came to America in 1853, and operated a farm in Allamakee County, IA. He moved to Neshonoc, WI in 1858.

Ingmundson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves "Odin's Rifles."

The army listed Ingmundson as living in Neshonoc, La Crosse County, WI, age 29, and married. He had married Elina Simenson on February 27, 1856 in Neshonoc. Ingmundson accepted a commission as Captain (Kaptein) on December 10, 1861 at La Crosse with rank from the 9th. He mustered on December 20, 1861, at Madison, WI.

He was killed in the Battle of Stones River, TN on December 30, 1862. He was the first of the WI 15th Regimental Officers to be killed. He stood up to give orders to his men in an area of boulders and underbrush in which rebel soldiers were hidden and was shot down. His men carried his body to the rear where he was buried, but in the fighting the site was not marked and later could never be identified. He was buried in an unmarked grave.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.70; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.461; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Foreigners in the Union Army and Navy, Ella Lonn, Louisiana State University Press, 1951, p.160; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, pp.613, 619, 621; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.254; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.185 (photo), p.302; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch #M01092-6, GS Film #1292003; Ref. ID #02999; Norway Digital Archives, kirkebøker for Rygge, Østfold, p.148.


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