Edwin W. Wheeler

Edwin W. Wheeler

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Edwin W. Wheeler
Birth Name Edwin W. Wheeler
Lived Aug 1833 - 1922
Birth Country England
Residence at Muster-In Waterford, Racine County, WI
Company at Enlistment C
Rank at Enlistment Corporal
Muster Date 2 Dec 1861
Burial Location Center Creek Cemetery, Martin County, MN
Father Josiah R. Wheeler
Immigration 1842
Spouse Jorene Maria Stinsby
Spouse Lived 1848-
Married On 20 May 1866
Marriage Location Racine County, WI

Edwin W. Wheeler was born August 1833 in England. He immigrated in 1842. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the "Norway Bear Hunters," but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed him as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 29, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 25, 1861, at Waterford and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 2, 1861, as a Corporal (Korporal). He was absent from the company, serving as a butcher with Captain Fourke on September 1, 1863. On November 28, 1863, he was sick in Chattanooga, TN. He was then wounded at Resaca, GA, on May 14, 1864. He mustered out on January 1, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he moved back to Racine County, WI. He married Jorene Maria Stinsby on May 20, 1866. Maria was born in 1848 in Norway. Their son George was born in 1869 and Carrie M. in 1876. In 1870, they were living in Pewaukee, Waukesha County, WI. In 1900, he was living with his daughter's family in Center Creek, Martin County, MN. He was working as a farm laborer. In 1910, he was living in the same place. He died 1922.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office,  Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol.20, p.42; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p.431; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_510; findagrave.com; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1743, Page: 423B, Image: 564, Family History Library Film: 553242; 1900 Census, Roll: 775, Page: 2B, Enumeration District: 0160, FHL microfilm: 1240775; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_710, Page: 5B, Enumeration District: 0110, FHL microfilm: 1374723; Wisconsin Marriage Index, Batch # M00328-3, GS Film # 1275504.

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