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Jacob B. Holm

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jacob B. Holm

Birth Name

28 Jan 1834 – 1 Mar 1910

Birth Place

Schleswig Holstein

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Raymond, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

27 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

Declining health after suffering severe injuries in a tornado

Death Location

Olmsted County, MN

Burial Location

Hillside Cemetery, St. Charles, Winona County, MN




Wilhelmina Thomas

Spouse Lived

1851- 1928

Married On

Jul 1874

Marriage Location

Winona County, MN

Jacob B. Holm was born on January 28, 1834 in Schleswig Holstein, Denmark. He immigrated in 1857.

Holm joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of his 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 Holm as living in Raymond, Racine County, WI, age 28, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 15, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on December 27, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He was recorded as absent without leave on October 20, 1862, but was found to be sick in New Albany, IN. He ran away from the hospital in Cave City, KY, on November 1, 1862.

After the war, he moved to Minnesota. He married Wilhelmina Thomas in Winona County, MN, in July 1874. She was born in Germany in 1851. Together, they had at least 8 children: Amelia (1875), Fred (1880), Otto (1882), August (1894), Laura (1886), John (1891), Mary, and Matilda. In 1903, St. Charles, MN, suffered a tornado. Holm’s house was destroyed and he suffered severe injuries. He gradually declined in health after that and died on March 1, 1910. Both he and Wilhelmina are buried in Hillside Cemetery, St. Charles, Winona County, MN.


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. 46; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p. 416; 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. 298; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_223; 1900 Census, Roll: 778, Page: 1B, Enumeration District: 0102, FHL microfilm: 1240778; St. Charles Press Obituary, 1910; Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002, State File #008765, Certificate #008765, Record #47711;