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Henry Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Henry Thompson

Birth Name

Hølje Torgrimsen Folseraas


10 Mar 1820 – 9 Nov 1905

Birth Place

Gransherad parish, Hjartdal, Telemark

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Dec 1861

Burial Location

First Lutheran Cemetery, Volga, Brookings County, SD


Mari Nirisdatter Wiig

Mother Lived

23 Oct 1798-2 Jun 1867


Torgrim Høljesen Folseraas

Father Lived

1788-8 May 1833




Thone Olsdatter Folseland

Spouse Lived

10 Jul 1819-7 Feb 1911

Married On

27 Dec 1846

Marriage Location

Gransherad parish, Hjartdal, Telemark, Norway

Hølje  Torgrimsen was born in Telemark, Norway. He married Thone and had two children there before leaving the parish for America in 1853.

Henry Thompson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.” The army listed him as living in Dodgeville, Iowa County, WI, age 41, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 4, 1861, at Dodgeville and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 13, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He was seriously wounded in his left arm at Resaca, GA, on May 14, 1864, and sent to hospital. He mustered out with Company G on January 13, 1865, at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, Henry returned to Dodgeville, WI. By 1890 the family was living in Brookings County, SD. Henry and Torena had five children: Torgrim/Thomas H. (1847-1939), Aslaug/Ellen (1851-1932), Mari (1854-1949), Sarah Ann (1857-1942), and Ole/Oliver H. (1860-1946). Henry and Torena are buried in First Lutheran Cemetery, Volga, SD.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 106; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 544; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 334; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 313; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1412, Page: 631, Image: 117, Family History Library Film: 805412; 1880 Census, Roll: 1429, Family History Film: 1255429, Page: 259D, Enumeration District: 150; 1900 Census, Roll: 1546, Page: 10B, Enumeration District: 0034, FHL microfilm: 1241546; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, #40237, #40238;;;