|Name at Enlist||Svend Larson|
|Lived||ca. 1819 -|
|Residence at Muster-In||Chicago, Cook County, IL|
|Company at Enlistment||A|
|Rank at Enlistment||Private|
|Muster Date||15 Nov 1861|
Svend Larson was born in Telemark, Norway. He 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 Larson as living in Chicago, IL, age 42, a sailor, and married. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 6’2”. He enlisted for three years on September 27, 1861 at Chicago, and mustered on November 15, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Larson went on home leave from Madison to Chicago on December 29, 1861, but did not return. He was classified as deserter.
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.360; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.305.