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John P. Johnson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John P. Johnson

Birth Name

25 Nov 1817 – 21 Jul 1874

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment

First Sergeant

Muster Date

13 Dec 1861

Death Location

Manitowoc County, Wisconsin

Burial Location

Gjerpen Cemetery, Valders, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin



Spouse Lived

4 Apr 1831- 7 Nov 1915

Married On

ca. 1848

Marriage Location


John P. Johnson was born in November 25, 1817 in Norway. He married Gurina about 1848 in WI. They first lived in Milwaukee and then moved to Manitowoc Rapids. They had at least two children: Julia (1851) and Isabella (1854).

Johnson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway. The army listed him as living in Manitowoc County, WI, age 44, and married. He enlisted for three years on October 19, 1861 at Manitowoc, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861. He was designated First Sergeant (Sersjant) on December 13, 1861. He was sick in hospital at Nashville, TN on November 28, 1862. Johnson became unfit for service and was discharged at Nashville for sickness on February 11, 1863.

After the war, he returned to Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, WI. He died on July 21, 1874, aged 56 years, 7 months, and 27 days. He was buried in Gjerpen Cemetery, Valders, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.84; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.507; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.260; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.307; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1418, Page: 640, Image: 318, Family History Library Film: 805418;