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Jens Strom

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jens Strom

Birth Name

Jens Ferdinand Halvorsen Strøm

Other Names

Jens Halvorson, Jens Storm, Jens Strøm


ca. 1804 –

Birth Place

Garnison/Akershus, Oslo fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

18 Jan 1862


Marthe Johnsdatter


Halvor Johannesen Strøm


22 Jul 1843


Randi Amundsdatter Kolkind

Spouse Lived

ca. 1802

Married On

11 Nov 1829

Marriage Location

Hole, Buskerud, Norway

Jens Ferdinand Strøm was born in Oslo fylke, Norway about 1804 (baptized May 31, 1804). He married Randi Amundsdatter on November 11, 1829. Jens, Randi, and their son, Hans, left from from Drammen, Norway on the ship, Johanna. They arrived in NY on July 22, 1843.

Jens joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. 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 MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed him as living in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI, age 54, and a widower. He enlisted for three years on January 8, 1862, at Oconomowoc, and mustered at Madison, WI, on January 18, 1862, as a Private (Menig). He was left behind sick in hospital at Iuka, MS, on August 20, 1862. He was discharged from the service for illness at Louisville, KY, on October 23, 1862. He may have lived in Barron County after the war.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 64; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, Decorah, IA, p. 457; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 302;, Oslo, Akershus in Garnisonsmenigheten, Parish register nr. 3 (1777-1809), Birth and baptism records 1804, p. 143, Buskerud, Hole, Parish register nr. I 4 (1814-1833), Marriage records 1830, p. 432-433, Buskerud, Hole, Parish register nr. I 5 (1833-1851), Migration records 1843, p. 458, Buskerud, Hole, Parish register nr. I 2 (1766-1814), Birth and baptism records 1802, p. 139; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850, Volume One 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Næseth, 2008 Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 231, ID 880; A Chronicle of Old Muskego: the Diary of Soren Bache, 1839-1847, translated and edited by Clarence A. Clausen and Andreas Elviken, Northfield, MN: Norwegian-American Historical Association, 1951, p. 231.