Paul M. Paulson

Paul M. Paulson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Paul M. Paulson
Birth Name Paul Mikkelsen Slaatten
Other Names Peter Michelsen Paulsen Slatten; Paul Mikkelson
Patronymic Name Mikkelsen
Lived 29 Sep 1842 - Mar 1864
Birth Place Slaaten, Ål parish in Hol, Buskerud fylke
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Worth County, IA
Company at Enlistment K
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Feb 1862
Cause of Death Disease
Death Location Libby Prison, Richmond, VA
Mother Thuri Knudsdatter Sletto
Mother Lived 1819-1905
Father Mikkel Paulsen Slaatun
Father Lived 1812-1903
Immigration 1853

Paul M. Paulson was born “Paul Mikkelsen Slatten” about 1842 in Hol, Hallingdal, Norway. He was a grandson of Dannebrogsman Paul Mickelsen Slaaten. His parents were Mikkel Paulsen Slaatten and Thuri Knudsdatter Sletto. His siblings were Guro, Kari, Helge, Knute, Engebret, Anne, Guri (Julia), and Inga (Helga).

He came to America in 1853. Paulson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself "Clausen's Guards" in honor of the 15th's first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in Minnesota and Iowa, with the rest from Wisconsin.

The army listed him as living in Worth County, IA, age 19, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, red hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’6”. He enlisted for three years on December 10, 1861, in Worth County and mustered at Madison, WI, on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Paulson was on Military Police duty in October 1862. He was taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA, on September 19, 1863, and died of disease in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA, sometime in March 1864. He is entered on the Roll of Honor for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps. After his death, his parents had a second son who they named Paul.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.20, p.148; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894 Decorah, IA, p. 638; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 321; Regina Gibson; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 284, photo, p. 319; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway, list of the Field Officers of the WI 15th Regiment Infantry; Civil War Records and Profiles, 1861-1865; Ål parish register #I5, born and baptised, p. 118, #I6, out-migrated, p. 234, digitalarkivet.no.


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