Jacob  Syvertson

Jacob Syvertson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Jacob Syvertson
Birth Name
Other Names Jakob Syverson, Jakob Sivertsen
Lived ca. 1834 - 27 May 1864
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Madison, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Jan 1862
Cause of Death Killed in action
Death Location Battle at New Hope Church, GA

Jakob Syvertson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A as a Private (Menig). The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles". They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.

Syvertson was listed as being 27 years of age and a farmer. He had blue eyes, auburn hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on December 26, 1861 at Madison, WI and mustered there on January 11, 1862. He was a Private (Menig) and served as a smith with the quartermaster in Chattanooga. The army listed him as living in Madison, WI. He was killed in action at the Battle of New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864.


Sources:  Series 1200:  Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, boxes 76-3, 77-1; Series 1144: Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, ("Red Book"), Wisconsin Adjutant General's Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 20; Det Femtende Regiment Wisconsin frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Amundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 369; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter [Colonel Heg and his boys], Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 293; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 328.


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