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John Sorenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Sorenson

Birth Name

– 7 Apr 1862

Resident of Muster-In

Sparta, Monroe County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Bird’s Point, Mississippi County, MO


Gurnild Sorenson

John Sorenson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in Sparta, WI. At the time, he was married to Gurnild. He enlisted on November 18, 1861 at Sparta and mustered at Madison, WI on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease at Bird’s Point, MO on April 7, 1862. Gurnild filed for a pension in 1863. She filed again under her new married name, Fenney, in 1913.

Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p1.34; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.608; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.316; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_444; Civil War and Later Wars Index to Remarried WidowPension Application #14483.