|Name at Enlist||Nicolay Bidstrup|
|Other Names||Nicolai Bestrup|
|Lived||ca. 1822 -|
|Residence at Muster-In||La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI|
|Company at Enlistment||E|
|Rank at Enlistment||Private|
|Muster Date||10 Dec 1861|
Nicolay Bidstrup joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves "Odin's Rifles."
The army listed Bidstrup as living in La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI, age 39, and unmarried. He enlisted on December 3, 1861 at La Crosse, and mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was then promoted to Corporal (Korporal). He was left sick at Nashville, TN on December 26, 1862. He was sent to Convalescent Camp at Stevenson, AL on August 28, 1863. On September 1, 1863, he was transferred to Invalid Corps (Veterans Reserve Corps).
Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.70; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.472; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.303.