Thomas A. Sanvig

Thomas A. Sanvig

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Thomas A. Sanvig
Birth Name
Other Names Sandvig
Lived ca. 1840 - ca. 1878
Birth Place Lyster
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Rising Sun, Crawford County, WI
Company at Enlistment H
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 13 Feb 1862
Death Location Vernon County, WI
Spouse Betsey
Spouse Lived 12 Jun 1843- 17 Sep 1919

Thomas A. Sanvig joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves "Heg's Rifles" in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the "Voss Company" because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Rising Sun, Crawford County, WI, born in Lyster, Norway, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 25, 1862, at Vernon, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on February 13, 1862, as a Private (Menig). Sanvig left sick in Mississippi River Island No. 10, on June 11, 1862. On December 31, 1862, he was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN, and sent to hospital in Nashville, TN, and from there to a convalescent center. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN, on November 28, 1863. Sanvig mustered out with Company H on February 15, 1865, at Chattanooga.

After the war, he married Betsey. She filed for a Civil War Pension in Thomas' name as his widow in 1878. He died in Vernon County, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.118; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.573; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.327; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.311; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_412; findagrave.com.


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