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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. 1838 – 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Norway, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

John Johnson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the 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 him as living in Norway, Racine County, WI, age 33, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 15, 1861 at Milwaukee, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Johnson was left behind in a hospital at Crab Orchard, KY on October 20, 1862. He served on military police duty on December 20, 1862. He was sick in hospital at Murfreesboro on March 16, 1863. On September 19, 1863, he was taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA. He was reported to have died of disease in Andersonville Prison sometime in 1864. The Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls says he died in prison in Atlanta, GA.


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.418; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.297; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.298.