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John Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Thompson

Birth Name

ca. 1833 –

Resident of Muster-In

Moscow, Iowa County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861

John 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 Moscow, Iowa County, WI, age 28, and married. He enlisted for three years on November 4, 1861, at Moscow and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 8, 186,1 as a Private (Menig). He disappeared from the steamship Alps on April 4, 1862, while coming with part of the regiment from Birds Point, MO to Mississippi River Island No. 10. It is not known if he fell overboard and drowned or if he ran away, so he was listed as deserter. Oberst Heg og hans gutter states that Thompson drowned on April 4, 1862.

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.