|Name at Enlist||Peter Brekken|
|Other Names||Brekkan; Brakken|
|Lived||ca. 1839 -|
|Residence at Muster-In||Chicago, Cook County, IL|
|Company at Enlistment||A|
|Rank at Enlistment||Private|
|Muster Date||15 Nov 1861|
Peter Brekken joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of the company called themselves the "St. Olaf's Rifles." They were also known as the "Sailor Company" because of the large number of seamen in its ranks, and as the "Chicago Company" because so many of its members were residents of that city.
The army listed Brekken as living in Chicago, IL, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 8, 1861 at Chicago, and mustered on November 15, 1861 in Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was absent sick in hospital in Chattanooga, TN since September 25, 1863. He was then absent sick in Knoxville, TN since January 24, 1864 and again on July 20, 1864. Brekken mustered out with the company at Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864.
From 1865, he served in the Navy on the Great Western and the Kate. In 1890, he filed a pension by himself in 1890 in CO.
Sources: WHS Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.14; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, compiled circa 1885, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.12; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.347; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.291; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.273; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_48.