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John H. Stokke

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John H. Stokke

Birth Name

Johannes Hansen Stokke

Other Names



3 Oct 1833 – 1924

Birth Place

Nordre Fron, Oppland fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Lower Coon Valley, Hamburg, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stoddard, Vernon County, WI




Johanna (Jane) Johannesdatter Skonhovd

Spouse Lived

ca. 1838

Married On

11 Jul 1859

John H. Stokke was born in Nordre Fron, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway. He immigrated in 1851. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Lower Coon Valley, Hamburg, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI, age 29, a married. He enlisted for three years on December 5, 1861 at Bad Ax County, and mustered on December 20, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was left sick in hospital at Lebanon, KY on October 27, 1862. On September 19, 1863, he was wounded in his knee at Chickamauga, GA, and sent to hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was sick in hospital at Nashville, TN on May 23, 1864. He mustered out with Company E in Chattanooga on December 20, 1864.

After the war, he and his wife, Jane (Johanna), lived in Hamburg, Vernon County, WI. She immigrated in 1847, and they were both naturalized in 1913. Together, they had 8 children: Amala (1866), Julia (1868), Augusta (1870), Josephina (1872), Julius (1874), Theador (1876), Emma (1878), and Bernard (1884). He died in 1924 and is buried in Lower Coon Valley Lutheran Church Cemetery, Stoddard, Vernon County, WI.

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; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.331; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire,WI, p.305; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Three 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth, edited by Blaine Hedberg, 2000, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 91, ID 1225; “Coon Valley”, 1928 by Upper Coon Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church, Coon Valley, WI; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_455;; 1880 Census, Roll: 1449, Family History Film: 1255449, Page: 288A, Enumeration District: 009; 1890 Veterans Schedule, Roll: 113, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 258; 1920 Census, Roll: T625_2019, Page: 11B, Enumeration District: 192, Image: 258.