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John Seymore

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Seymore

Birth Name
Other Names

John Simmer


30 Jul 1843 – 15 Jun 1922

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

12 Dec 1861

Death Location

Manitowoc County, WI

Burial Location

Calvary Cemetery, Manitowoc, WI


Peter Simmer

Father Lived






Spouse Lived

8 Dec 1846-21 Jan 1916

Married On


John Seymore was born in Prussia (now Germany) on July 30, 1843. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1859.

John joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Manitowoc County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 9, 1861 at Manitowoc, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Seymore was sick in Union City, TN on June 20, 1862. He served as an escort with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL in Oct 1863. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. On September 21, 1864, he was promoted to Corporal (Korporal), and then to Sergeant (Sersjant) on October 1, 1864. He mustered out with Company F on January 13, 1865 at Chattanooga.

After the war, he married Barbara in 1867. She was also born in Prussia and immigrated in 1856. Together they had 13 children, 7 of whom were living in 1910. Some of their children include: Anna (born abt. 1868), John (1869), Catharine (1871), Mary (1875), Nicholas (1880), Tillie (1882), and William (1888). Both are buried in Cavalry Cemetery, Manitowoc, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.84; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.517; 1880 Census, Roll: 1443, Family History Film: 1255443, Page: 458A, Enumeration District: 166;  1900 Census, Roll: 1797, Page: 2A, Enumeration District: 0077, FHL microfilm: 1241797; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_1718, Page: 1A, Enumeration District: 0031, FHL microfilm: 1375731; 1885 Soldiers & Sailors of the Late War, Residing in Wisconsin;