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John O. Sorum

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John O. Sorum

Birth Name

ca. 1839 – ca. 1884

Resident of Muster-In

Jackson, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Mother Lived

Martha J. Sorum

John O. Sorum joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Jackson, La Crosse County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 14, 1861 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 10, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was left sick at Bowling Green, KY on November 4, 1862 and discharged from the service for disability at Louisville, KY by order of Col. M. Mundy on February 3, 1863. In 1884, his mother, Martha J. Sorum, filed a pension in his name.

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.78; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co. E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.493; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.305; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.333 General’s Office, vol.20, p.134; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_444.