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John Johnson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Johnson

Birth Name

ca. 1836 – 1 Feb 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Door Creek, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Burial Location

Marietta, GA; section A, grave 118

John Johnson 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 him as living in Door Creek, Dane County, WI, age 25, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 11, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). He was sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 and sick in hospital in Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862. Johnson was wounded in the Battle at Chickamauga, GA on September 19, 1863 and taken prisoner. He died in prison on February 1, 1864 of his wounds and was buried in Marietta, GA; section A, grave 118.

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.32; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.385; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.295; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.625; 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.