Peter  Bjerk

Peter Bjerk

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Peter Bjerk
Birth Name
Other Names Peder
Lived ca. 1832 -
Residence at Muster-In Freeborn County, MN
Company at Enlistment K
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 11 Feb 1862

Peter Bjerk joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself "Clausen's Guards" in honor of the 15th's first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed Bjerk as living in Freeborn County, MN, age 30, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 28, 1861 in Freeborn County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was detached and assigned as a hospital cook in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. He was sick in Knoxville, TN on February 25, 1864. He mustered out with K Company on February 10, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

 

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.142; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.620; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.272; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.317; FCGS.


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