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Soren Johnson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Soren Johnson

Birth Name

ca. 1838 – 15 May 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Iola, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

killed in action

Death Location

Resaca, Gordon County, GA

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN, section L, grave 317

Soren Johnson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted. The army listed him as living in Iola, Waupaca County, WI, age 23, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, dark hair, dark complexion, and stood 5’7”. He enlisted for three years on November 4, 1861 at Scandinavia, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Johnston was sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 in September and October 1863. He was killed in action, a minnie ball shot in his head, at Resaca, GA on May 15, 1864. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Chattanooga, TN, section L, grave 317.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11,18; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.130; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.596; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.299; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.315.