Erick  Knudson

Erick Knudson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Erick Knudson
Birth Name
Other Names Knutson
Lived ca. 1818 - 14 May 1862
Residence at Muster-In Clermont, Fayette County, IA
Company at Enlistment H
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 13 Feb 1862
Cause of Death Disease
Death Location Mississippi River Island No. 10
Burial Location Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, Shelby County, TN
Spouse Petronelle

Erick Knudson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves "Heg's Rifles" in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the "Voss Company" because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway. The army listed him as living in Clermont, Fayette County, IA, age 44, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 28, 1862 at Clermont, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Knudson died of disease at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on May 14, 1862. He was buried in Mississippi River National Cemetery at Memphis, TN. After his death, his widow, Petronelle, filed a pension in his name in 1864.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-10, 77-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.116; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.564; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.310; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_267.

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