Halvor  Jorgensen

Halvor Jorgensen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Halvor Jorgensen
Birth Name
Lived ca. 1825 -
Residence at Muster-In Chicago, Cook County, IL
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 15 Nov 1861

Halvor Jorgensen 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 him as living in Chicago, IL, age 36, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 26, 1861 at Chicago, and mustered on November 15, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was left behind, sick, in Iuka, MS on August 28, 1862. He was wounded at Stones River on December 21, 1862 and sent to Nashville, TN. Illness left him unfit for further service and he was discharged for his wounds at Murfreesboro, TN on April 7, 1863.

After the war, in 1869, he was admitted to the Northwestern Branch of the U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Milwaukee, WI. He left and was re-admitted several times; he left for the last time on November 7, 1884.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.18; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.358; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.292; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.300; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.621; U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, p.354.

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