Robert  Watson

Robert Watson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Robert Watson
Birth Name Robert Watson
Lived ca. 1820 -
Birth Country England
Residence at Muster-In Primrose, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment I
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 16 Mar 1864

Robert Watson was born in England. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the "Scandinavian Mountaineers" but were also known as the "Waupaca Company" because so many of them were living in that Wisconsin county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in Primrose, Dane County, WI, age 43, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, dark hair, light complexion, and 5’10” tall. Watson enlisted for three years on February 18, 1864, at Amherst, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on March 16, 1864, as a Private (Menig). He joined Company I on the battlefield on July 1, 1864. In August 1864, he was sick in a Division hospital. He was then temporarily assigned to the WI 24th Infantry, but transferred to I Company of the WI 13th on June 10, 1865. He mustered out July 14, 1865.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-13; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.20, p.134; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.611; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter  [Colonel Heg and His Boys], Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.316.

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