William  Watts

William Watts

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist William Watts
Birth Name
Lived ca. 1814 -
Residence at Muster-In Peoria, Peoria County, IL
Company at Enlistment D
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 13 Feb 1862

William Watts joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the "Norway Wolf Hunters." They were also known as the "Waupun Company" because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed him as living in Peoria, IL, age 47, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 28, 1861, at Waupun, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on February 13, 1862, as a Private (Menig). On June 3. 1862, he was listed as being sick and on furlough. He was also sick and on furlough at Peoria from March 30, 1863 to May 1, 1863. He was sent there from Bird’s Point. Watts was absent without leave in Galesburg, IL, and remained absent without leave. He was listed as a deserter. It was said that he had been discharged from the service or was dead. Scott Meeker noted that a soldier of this name entered the service from Waupun, WI, and deserted on March 30, 1863.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, boxes 76-6, 77-3, 78-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.20, p.64; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.459.


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