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Johannes Severson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Johannes Severson

Birth Name
Other Names

Sorenson; John S. Mark; Sjugurdson; Syverson


3 Dec 1812 – 28 Jul 1885

Birth Place

Ål, Buskerud

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Worth County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Burial Location

South Shell Rock Cemetery, Northwood, Worth County, IA


Sidsel Olsdatter


Syver Johansen Mork


Birgit Thomasdatter Raaen

Spouse Lived

1818- 3 Oct 1887

Married On

15 Oct 1837

Marriage Location

Ål, Buskerud, Norway

Johannes Severson was born in 1812 in Norway. In 1855, he married Birgit Thomasdatter Raaen on October 15, 1837. He claimed land in Hartland Township, Worth County, IA. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in Minnesota and Iowa, with the rest from Wisconsin.

The army listed him as living in Worth County, IA, age 49, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 10, 1861, in Worth County and mustered at Madison, WI, on February 11, 1862, as a Private (Menig). Severson was left behind sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was wounded April 30, 1863, and then was listed as a deserter. He was reported to have died on July 28, 1885. He was buried at South Shell Rock Cemetery, Northwood, Worth County, IA.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 49-12; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 148; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Amundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 642; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 319; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 328; Walk: Atlas of Worth County 1913, section 2 p. 6 col. 1;; 1870 Census, M593_427, Page: 437A, Image: 217, Family History Library Film: 545926,;