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William W. Perkins

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

William W. Perkins

Birth Name

William W. Perkins


ca. 1817 –

Resident of Muster-In

Westport, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

William W. Perkins 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 listed him as living in Westport, Dane County, WI, age 44, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 16, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on the same day as a Private (Menig) and Musician. Perkins was sick in the hospital at Bowling Green, KY in September 1862. He was discharged from there on January 9, 1863 for disease.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.36; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.396; 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.