John Henry Johnson

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 81632

John Henry Johnson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist John Henry Johnson
Birth Name Johan Johansen Fjøsne
Other Names Johan Henrik Johnson, T. H. Johnson
Patronymic Name Johansen
Lived 18 Jul 1837 - 1899
Birth Place Fjösne farm in Ætne, Bergen, Hordaland
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Primrose, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment G
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 13 Dec 1861
Mother Susanne Torbjornsdatter
Father Johan Vogt
Immigration 1857
Spouse Anna Larsen
Spouse Lived -1915
Married On 7 Jul 1867
Marriage Location Richwood, Richland County, WI

John Henry Johnson was born “Johan Johansen” on July 18, 1837 on the Fjösne farm in Ætne parish, Bergen diocese, Norway, to Johan Vogt and Susanne Torbjornsdatter. He came to America in 1857 to Perry, WI.

Johnson joined WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the "Rock River Rangers." The army listed him as living in Primrose, Dane County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 4, 1861 at Beloit, WI, and mustered on December 13, 1861 at Madison, WI. Johnson was designated Sergeant (Sersjant) on January 1, 1862. Since he was a layman and without ordination, he could not be a Chaplain. The governor, on October 19, 1864, officially commissioned him a Field Chaplain. He mustered out on January 13, 1865.

After the war, he married Anna Larsen on July 7, 1867 in Richwood, Richland County, WI. He was ordained in the Methodist Episcopal Church and served as a pastor in Coon Prairie, Vernon County, WI. Anna died in 1915. He died in 1899.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.4, p.98; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.335; Foreigners in the Union Army and Navy, Ella Lonn, Publ. Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge, LA, 1951, p 319; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.244 photo, p.245 photo, p.290, p.312; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; “Norwegians in Wisconsin”, Richard J. Fapso, The Wisconsin Historical Society Press, Madison, WI, 2001, p 21 photo; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch # M0039-0, GS Film #1275502; Ref ID: P 2-3; Norway Digital Archives, Etne, Hordaland, Ministerialbok, p. 24.

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