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Bernt C. Osmundson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Bernt C. Osmundson

Birth Name

Berendt Christian Osmundsen

Other Names



24 Aug 1843 – 9 Jan 1863

Birth Place

Kobbervig, Avaldsnes, Rogaland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Norway Township, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

30 Aug 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, TN

Burial Location



Anna Karine Jeremiasdatter Fulland

Mother Lived

1 Feb 1808-10 Apr 1893


Osmund Reierson Gauksem

Father Lived

21 Jan 1806-8 Mar 1875



Berendt Christian Osmundsen was born in Avaldsnes parish, Norway, and left the parish for America with his family in 1853. In 1860, they were living in Norway, Racine County, WI.. His brother Jeremiah, who also served in C Company.

Osmundsen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed him as living in Norway Township, Racine County, WI, a sailor, and age 19. He enlisted for three years on August 30, 1862, at Milwaukee, and mustered at Madison, WI, the day after as a Private (Menig). He was seriously wounded at Stones River, TN, on December 31, 1862. On January 9, 1863, he died of his wounds in a hospital at Murfreesboro, TN. In 1879, his mother, Anna, filed a pension in his name.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 77-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 48; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 425; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 320; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 299; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_357; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 786, Image: 404, Family History Library Film: 805427; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, #64070.