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John Hoyer

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at EnlistJohn Hoyer
Birth NameJohn Hoyer
Other NamesJohn Hyar, John Heyer
Livedca. 1827 -
Birth PlaceSandsvær
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InStrongs Prairie, Adams County, WI
Company at EnlistmentD
Rank at EnlistmentCorporal
Muster Date8 Dec 1861

John Hoyer was born in Sandsvær, Norway. Hejoined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed Hoyer as living in Strongs Prairie, Adams County, WI, age 34, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 28, 1861 at New Lisbon, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 8, 1861 as a Corporal (Korporal). He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. He transferred to the 68th IN Regiment on February 1, 1864. He came back to the WI 15th on April 2, 1864. He suffered a minor wound in his head at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864. On February 13, 1865, he mustered out with his company at Chattanooga, TN.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.56; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1895, p.444; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.301; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.263.