Peter O. Haarstad

Peter O. Haarstad

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Peter O. Haarstad
Birth Name
Other Names Harstad, Houstad, Haustad
Lived ca. 1839 - 21 May 1864
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI
Company at Enlistment I
Rank at Enlistment Corporal
Muster Date 20 Dec 1861
Cause of Death Wounds
Death Location General Field Hospital, Resaca, GA
Burial Location National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section K, grave 37

Peter O. Harstad was born in Norway. He joined WI 15th Infantry. Company I. The men of Company I called themselves the "Scandinavian Mountaineers" but were also known as the "Waupaca Company" because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in Scandinavia, WI, a blacksmith, age 32, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’11”. He enlisted for three years on December 2, 1861 at Scandinavia, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Corporal (Korporal). He was with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL in October 1863; sick in Chattanooga, TN in November 1863; and sick in Knoxville, TN in December 1863 and January 1864. Haarstad was mortally wounded at Resaca, GA on May 14, 1864, and died in general field hospital there on May 21, 1864. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Chattanooga, section K, grave 37.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.590; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.263; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.59, p.314 The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.628.


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