Aslak  Rasmuson

Aslak Rasmuson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Aslak Rasmuson
Birth Name
Lived ca. 1840 - 6 Aug 1862
Residence at Muster-In Fillmore County, MN
Company at Enlistment K
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Feb 1862
Cause of Death Chronic diarrhea
Death Location General hospital at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO
Burial Location Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO; section 10, grave 8

Aslak Rasmuson 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 Fillmore County, MN, age 21, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on February 11, 1862, in Fillmore County and mustered at Madison, WI, the same day (?) as a Private (Menig). Rasmuson was left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was in the hospital at Farmington, MS, in July 1862. On August 6, 1862, he died of chronic diarrhea at the general hospital at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO. He was buried there; section 10, grave 8.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-12, 77-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.148; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.640; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.324; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.319.

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