Peter  Anderson

Peter Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Peter Anderson
Birth Name Peder Pedersen Offerdal
Patronymic Name Pedersen
Lived 23 May 1844 - 30 Jan 1879
Birth Place Offerdal, Lærdal parish, Sogn og Fjordane
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Norway Township, Racine County, WI
Company at Enlistment C
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 2 Dec 1861
Cause of Death Consumption
Death Location Ludington, Mason County, MI
Burial Location Lakeview Cemetery, Ludington, Mason County, MI
Mother Synneva Hansdatter Offerdal
Mother Lived 9 Feb 1822-
Father Peter Andersen
Father Lived 8 Nov 1817-
Immigration 1847
Spouse Katherine Ford
Spouse Lived 1849-26 Nov 1932
Married On 3 Jul 1869
Marriage Location Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI

Peter Anderson was born at Offerdal, Lærdal parish, Norway, and left the parish for America April 2, 1847, with his parents and brother.

Peter joined 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 Anderson as living in Norway Township, Racine County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861, at Waterford, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861, at Madison, WI, as a Private (Menig). He served as an escort with the supply transport from Stevenson, AL, on October 13, 1863. He transferred to 68th Indiana Regiment on February 1, 1864. He transferred back on April 1, 1864 and mustered out with the company on January 1, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, his parents and siblings lived in Leroy, Boone County, IL, which he gave as his residence when he married Katherine Ford July 5, 1869, in Milwaukee, WI. Peder and Katherine moved to Mason County, Michigan, and had at least four children including Nettie M. (1871-1960), Gertrude (1873-1875), Gertrude (?1876-?), and Ollee (1878-1879). Peder was listed as a grocer when he died in Ludington, MI, in 1879. He is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Ludington, Mason County, MI.  Catherine applied for a pension July 18, 1890.  She died in California in 1932.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 44; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p. 406; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 269; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 297; 1850 Census, Roll: M432_1004, Page: 140B, Image: 282; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 801, Image: 419, Family History Library Film: 805427; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_8; Milwaukee Vital Records, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI; Death Records, Vital Records and Health Statistics; Lansing, Michigan;; Lærdal parish register #A6, born and baptised, p. 109, #A10, in- and out-migrated, p 13;; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Three 1847-1848, Gerhard B. Naeseth, edited by Blaine Hedberg, 2000, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 76, ID 1041.

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