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Thomas Thompson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Thomas Thompson

Birth Name

ca. 1838 –

Resident of Muster-In

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

29 Dec 1861


Karen Olesdatter

Married On

23 Apr 1866

Marriage Location

Winneshiek County, IA

Thomas Thompson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA, age 23, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 15, 1861, at Decorah and mustered in Madison, WI, on December 29, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862, and became unfit for service and was discharged for disease on October 6, 1862, at Cincinnati, OH. After the war, he married in 1866 to Karen Olesdatter in Winneshiek County, IA.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 92; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p. 519; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 308; Winneshiek County Marriage Records; Winneshiek County, IA.