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Knud Johnson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 81100

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Name at Enlist

Knud Johnson

Birth Name
Other Names

Knudt Johnson


Feb 1840 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Viroqua, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861




Elsie Hellickson

Spouse Lived


Married On

4 Jun 1879

Marriage Location

Fillmore County, MN

Knud Johnson was born in February 1840 in Norway. He immigrated in 1854.

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.” The army listed him as living in Viroqua, Bad Ax (now Vernon) County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 16, 1861 in Bad Ax County and mustered on December 20, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Johnson was detached to serve in ordnance (as an orderly?) at 3rd Brigade Headquarters on August 21, 1863. He was sick in the hospital at Chattanooga on September 28, 1863; sick at Nashville, TN on October 8, 1863; sick at Dalton on February 22, 1864. He mustered out with Company E, in Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864.

After the war, he moved to Bloomfield, Fillmore, MN. He married Elsie Hellickson on June 4, 1879 in Fillmore. In 1880, he was working as a farmer. In 1900, they were still living in Bloomfield. Their children included: Amanda (1880), Josephina (1882), Carline (1884), Jessey (1886), and Olga C. (1886). Elsie filed a pension as a widow in 1919.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.74; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.482; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.277, photo, p.304; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.298; Civil War Pension Index, T288_245; 1880 Census, Roll: 619, Family History Film: 1254619, Page: 464A, Enumeration District: 087; 1900 Census, Roll: 763, Page: 1B, Enumeration District: 0017, FHL microfilm: 1240763; Minnesota Marriage Index, Certificate #C-97A.