Lewis  Nelson

Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 80708

Lewis Nelson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry

The Scandinavian Regiment

Name at Enlist Lewis Nelson
Birth Name Lars Larson
Other Names Lewis Nelson Bolstad
Lived 2 Sep 1842 - 28 Jun 1864
Birth Place Dane County, WI
Birth Country Norway
Residence at Muster-In Cambridge, Dane County, WI
Company at Enlistment B
Rank at Enlistment Private
Muster Date 16 Nov 1861
Cause of Death Killed in action
Death Location Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Bald Knob, GA
Burial Location National Cemetery at Marietta, GA, section G, grave 1449
Mother Anne Olsdatter Vindeg
Mother Lived 31 Oct 1811-16 Jan 1893
Father Nils Larsen Bolstad
Father Lived 5 May 1800-15 Aug 1865

Lewis Nelson was likely born Lars Larson on September 2, 1842, in Dane County, WI, the family using Larson and, later, Bolstad. His father immigrated June 10, 1837, and his mother August 12, 1840. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the "Wergeland Guards" in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army had Nelson living in Cambridge, Dane County, WI, age 19, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, brown hair, dark complexion, and stood 5’8”. He enlisted for three years on October 11, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861, as a Private (Menig). Nelson was wounded in Battle at Stones River, TN, on December 31, 1862, and sent to Nashville, TN. He was also wounded and taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA, on September 20, 1863, and exchanged. Nelson was killed at Battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Bald Knob, GA, on June 28, 1864. He was buried in National Cemetery at Marietta, GA, section G, grave 1449. A memorial stone in East Koshkonong Church Cemetery, Dane County, WI, bears his name and dates “2 Sep 1842-28 Jun 1864”.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4,18; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 34; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p. 392; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 312; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 274, photo, p. 296; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p. 809; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; NAGC&NL cemetery file; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL;  Nordmændene i Amerika,  Ulvestad, Martin, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 272;  The Story of Father’s Life, Boe, Sophie, pub. 1919; www.ancestorsfromvoss.com/blog/category/all; WI Historical Society; 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. 34, ID 16, p. 101, ID 47.

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