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Christopher Hoff

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Christopher Hoff

Birth Name
Other Names

Christian Hoff, Christopher Hoff


28 May 1825 – 24 Nov 1881

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Christiana, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Burial Location

Cuming County, NE, at Norwegian Cemetery, lot 32


ca. 1850


Wilhelmina Anne Marie (Mena) Testman

Spouse Lived

28 May 1823- 19 Feb 1890

Marriage Location


Christoffer Hoff was born on May 28, 1825 in Norway. He immigrated with his wife Wilhelmina Anne Marie (Mena) Testman Hoff in about 1850. They came to Dane County, WI. They had several children, including: Hans (1845), Martin (1849), Christian (1847), Carl (1850), Andreas (1853), and Christena (1854). Hoff worked as a farmer.

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Hoff as living in Christiana, Dane County, WI, age 39, and married. He enlisted for three years on November 10, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was assigned to the Pioneer Corps in November 1862. He was mustered out with the company on December 1, 1864 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he returned to Christiana, Dane County, WI. After 1880, Hoff and his wife relocated to NE. He died on November 24, 1881. He was buried in Cuming County, NE, at Norwegian Cemetery, lot 32.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.30; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.384; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.292; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.295; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison WI, 1886, p.809; Rootsweb “Civil War Veterans, Cuming County, Nebraska”;; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1403, Page: 185, Image: 191, Family History Library Film: 805403; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1708, Page: 112B, Image: 229, Family History Library Film: 553207; 1880 Census, Roll: 1421, Family History Film: 1255421, Page: 268B, Enumeration District: 063.