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Henry F. Witcomb

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Henry F. Witcomb

Birth Name

ca. 1819 –

Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment

Private and Musician

Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Henry F. Whitcomb joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

He is listed as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 42, and married. He enlisted for three years at Waterford on November 12, 1861 and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig) and Company Musician. He became unfit for service and was discharged from Mississippi River Island No. 10 on May 24, 1862. In 1869, a pension was filed in his name by a minor (presumably his child) named F.O. Torry.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.50; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.431; Civil War Pension Index, Roll# T288_511.