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James Johnson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

James Johnson

Birth Name

ca. 1843 –

Resident of Muster-In

Clinton, Rock County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Dec 1861


Sina Marie

Spouse Lived


James Johnson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.” The army listed him as living in Clinton, Rock County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 3, 1861 at Beloit, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 13, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was with the Brigade on Military Police duty on May 1, 1864 and served at the headquarters of the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, 4th Army Corps. He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal) on September 1, 1864. He mustered out with Company G on January 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he lived in Manchester Township, Freeborn County, MN and worked as a farmer. He married Sina Marie. They had at least five children, including: Ingerborg (1872), Ella Amanda (1873), Andrias J. (1876), Petra Mathilde (1878), and Sina Johanne (1879).


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.98; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.536; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.263; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.312; Freeborn County Historical Society, Albert Lea, MN; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 22, Page: 2, Enumeration District: 126; 1880 Census, Roll: 620, Family History Film: 1254620, Page: 134C, Enumeration District: 100, Image: 0270; MN 1905 Census, MNSC_118, Line 35.