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John F. Hauff

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John F. Hauff

Birth Name

Johan Frode Hauff


24 Dec 1844 – ca. 1924

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Windsor, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Jan 1864


Marie Petrine Hedevig Petersen


Niels Frederick Hauff




Sophia Anderson

Spouse Lived

Nov 1848-

Married On

22 Mar 1870

Marriage Location

Wermont, Dane County, WI

Johan Frode Hauff was born on December 24, 1844 in Sandefjord, Norway. His parents were Niels F. and Maria P. Hauff. He came to America in 1860. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself Clausen’s Guards in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen.  Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed Hauff as living in Windsor, Dane County, WI, age 19, and a machinist. He had blue eyes, light hair, light complexion, and stood 5’9”. He enlisted for three years on December 31, 1863 at Windsor, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 11, 1864 as a Private (Menig) and Recruit. He joined K Company at Strawberry Plains, VA on March 31, 1864. He was sick in Atlanta, GA on September 29, 1864. He became unfit for service and was discharged from the service on November 22, 1864 at Whiteside, TN on orders from General Thomas. John Hauff was a brother of Captain Henry Hauff commander of E Company.

After the war, he moved to back to WI. He married Sophia Anderson on March 22, 1870 in Wermont, Dane County, WI. They had at least 6 children, including: Martha (1872), John A. (1875), Henry N. (1878), George E. (1879), William F. (1881), and Nelson F. (1884). He worked as a machinist. By 1880, they were living in Chicago, Cook County, IL, and were still in that city in 1920. In 1924, Sophia was a widow and filed a pension in his name.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.144; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.625, p.626 (photo); Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.259; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.284 (photo), p.317; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_205; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch #: M00342-7, GS Film #: 1275925, Ref. ID: cn2868; 1880 Census, Roll: 190, Family History Film: 1254190, Page: 338D, Enumeration District: 076, Image: 0678; 1900 Census, Roll: 265, Page: 28B, Enumeration District: 0501, FHL microfilm: 1240265; 1920 Census, Roll: T625_338, Page: 10A, Enumeration District: 1603, Image: 771; Sander parish register #5, born and baptised, p. 302,