Private John L. Johnson
47th Wisconsin Volunteers 10 Feb 65-4 Sep 65

On information received from his descendant great granddaughter.

Date:03/17/98 012:36 AM

Hi Pete

According to CIVIL WAR VETERANS OF WINNEBAGO COUNTY, WISCONSIN by David Langkau (1994), my great grandfather, John L. Johnson, enlisted in the 47th Regiment and was assigned to Company A. He enlisted on 10 Feb 1865 and was mustered out on 4 September 1865. He was born in Norway in 1835 and immigrated to Winnebago County, Wisconsin, lived for many years in
Winchester, and died in 1909. I've sent for his pension records and may be able to give you more information when I receive those.

According to WISCONSIN MY HOME by Erna Oleson Xan (University of Wisconsin Press, 1950), he had been a drummer in the Norwegian army and was a drummer in the 47th.

9 May 2000...update: Here is some additional information on my great grandfather, John L. Johnson:

John L. Johnson (Daalaan)  enlisted for one year on 10 February 1865.  He was born on a section of the Mosebo farm in Sauland, Telemark, Norway  and immigrated to Wisconsin as a young man with his brother Halvor. He and his brother married sisters. John's wife was Signe (Lena) Olsen or Oleson.  John enlisted a year after his marriage and was mustered in  as a private into Company A, the 47th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment at Camp Randall, Madison.  He was paid a bounty of  $33.33.   According to the book, WISCONSIN MY HOME, John had been a drummer in the service in Norway and fulfilled the same duty with the 47th and was a "dandy" at it.  He was mustered out with his regiment on 4 September 1865 and later received a pension for "ruptures." He returned to Winchester, Wisconsin in Winnebago County and resumed life as a farmer.  He and Lena had eleven children, one of which was my grandfather. Lena died in 1885, and John remarried in 1889.  By this time he had taken the middle name of Landsverk (a farm name in Norway) because there were so many John Johnson's in the county.  He was killed by a train in 1909.

Sincerely,

Lois Johnson Sax-great-granddaughter.

 


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