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Thomas Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Thomas Thompson

Birth Name

Torbjørn Torkildsen Kobbervig


30 Apr 1839 – 28 May 1904

Birth Place

Vinje, Voss, Hordaland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Spring Prairie, Adams County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Spring Prairie Cemetery, De Forest, Dane County, WI


Brita Storksdatter Tvinden


Torkild Torbjørnsen Kobbervig


26 Jun 1849


Ingeborg Fadness

Spouse Lived


Thomas Thompson was born “Torbjørn Torkildsen Kobbervig” at Vinje, Voss, Hordaland, Norway on April 30, 1839, son of Torkild Torbjørnsen Kobbervig and Brita Storksdatter Tvinden. He came with his father, step-mother and two sisters on “Syttende Mai”, which sailed from Bergen about May 12, 1849 and arrived in NY on June 26, 1849. They came to Leeds Township, Columbia Coounty, WI. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed him as living in Spring Prairie, Adams County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 8, 1861 at Spring Prairie and mustered at Madison, WI on December 10, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Bowling Green, KY on November 4, 1862. On September 19, 1863, he was wounded at Chickamauga, GA and sent to hospital at Nashville, TN. He was absent without leave and mustered out with the Company on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he married Ingeborg (1853-1928). He died on May 28, 1904 and was buried in Spring Prairie Cemetery, De Forest, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, 76-6, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.64; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] by Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.458; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.302; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Naeseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 22, ID 265;; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_472.