Sivert  Lee

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 3258

Sivert Lee

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Sivert Lee
Birth Name Siver Anderson Lee
Other Names Syvert; Sever
Lived 1 Feb 1845 - 2 Jun 1914
Birth Place Wisconsin
Birth Country USA
Residence at Muster-In Deerfield, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment H
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 16 Feb 1864
Death Location Grafton, Walsh County, ND
Burial Location Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, Walsh County, ND
Mother Gunvor Sjursdatter Gilderhus
Mother Lived Mar 1805-1874
Father Andrew Nelsen Lee
Father Lived 20 Oct 1811-1907
Spouse Julia Johnson
Spouse Lived 2 Jun 1849- 1 Jan 1922
Married On 19 Nov 1870
Marriage Location Rockdell, Dodge County, MN

Siver Anderson Lee was born in WI on February 1, 1845 to Andrew Nelson Lee and Gunvor Gilderhus. His parents and older siblings had immigrated from Norway in 1841. In 1860, he was living with his family in Deerfield, Dane, WI. His siblings included Martha, Nels, Andrew, and Ann.

Lee 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 Deerfield, Dane County, WI and age 19. He was the brother of Berge O. Lee. He enlisted for three years on January 25, 1864 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 16, 1864 as a Private (Menig).

Anderson joined Company H at Strawberry Plains, VA on March 31, 1864. He was wounded and taken prisoner at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864. He was exchanged and returned to his company on August 4, 1864. Anderson was temporarily assigned to the WI 24th Infantry. He was transferred to K Company of the WI 13th on June 10, 1865. He mustered out November 24, 1865.

After the war, he moved to MN. On November 19, 1870, he married Julia Johnson in Rockdell, Dodge County, WI. Together, they had 14 children, including Julia (1871), Giolena (1874), John (1875), Julia #2 (1878), Annie (1880), Andrew (1884), Ida (1886), Willie (1888), and Nels R. (1892). The family moved to ND between 1878 and 1880. They first lived in Drayton, Pembina County and then to Grafton, Walsh County by 1900. Sever died on June 2, 1914 and Julia on January 1, 1922. They are buried, along with their daughter Ida, in Grafton Lutheran Church, Grafton, Walsh County, ND.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Officem vol.20, p.118; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.567, p.568 photo; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.279 photo, p.310; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.306; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1403, Page: 299, Image: 305, Family History Library Film: 805403; 1880 Census, Roll: 114, Family History Film: 1254114, Page: 78C, Enumeration District: 077, Image: 0170; 1900 Census, Roll: 1233, Page: 9A, Enumeration District: 0208, FHL microfilm: 1241233;; MN Marriages Index, FHL Film #1316657;   Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume One 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 121, IDs 150,151.

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