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William Groshong

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

William Groshong

Birth Name

William Groshong

Other Names

Chroshong, Chroshoug, Kroshaug


1 Jun 1828 – 7 Jun 1899

Birth Place

New York

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI


Mary Ann Kelly

Married On

16 Jul 1850

Marriage Location

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI

2nd Spouse


2nd Spouse Lived

1845- 1920

William Groshong was born on June 1, 1828 in NY. His father was born in NJ and mother in MA. He married Mary Ann Kelly on July 16, 1850 in Milwaukee, WI.

Groshong 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.

The army listed Groshong as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 32, and married. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on November 20, 1861 at Waterford, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Musician. He was missing on May 1862. He came to the company again at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 4, 1862. He was reported sick and was absent without leave in August 1862. He was missing again on March 3, 1863 and listed as deserted. He was discharged from the service on February 11, 1863 at Madison, WI (Meeker says November 27, 1862. Had enlisted as “Chroshong”, but was discharged as “Groshong”.)

Groshong was married a second time to another woman named Mary. She was born in 1845. In 1880, they were living with their 2 children in Wilhelmina (1876) and Jane (1880). He worked as a farmer. He was moved to the NW branch of the National Home for Disabled Voluntary Soldiers in Milwaukee. He had rheumatism and a disease of the eyes. He died in 1899 and his second wife died in 1920.


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.44; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.413; findagrave; U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938, p.299; 1880 Census; WI Marriages, 1836-1930, Batch #M00864-9; GS Film #1032380.