Elias  Lodgaard

Elias Lodgaard

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Elias Lodgaard
Birth Name
Other Names Ludgaard
Lived ca. 1837 - 29 Sep 1864
Residence at Muster-In Chicago, Cook County, IL
Company at Enlistment A
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 18 Dec 1861
Cause of Death scurvy
Death Location Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA
Burial Location Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA, grave 9997

Elias Lodgaard joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company A. The men of company A 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 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 9, 1861 at Chicago, and mustered on December 18, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Lodgaard was assigned to hospital service in Bowling Green, KY on September 17, 1862. On October 13, 1863, he was assigned as escort to provision train from Sevenson. Lodgaard was absent due to illness on January 24, 1864. He was taken prisoner during Battle of New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864 and died of scorbutus (scurvy) in Andersonville Prison on October 29, 1864. He was buried in Andersonville National Cemetery, grave 9997.


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.20; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.361; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.307; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.293 ancestry.com; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, publ. 1865.

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