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John Peters

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Peters

Birth Name

Johannes Pedersen Engene


23 Jun 1837 – 10 Mar 1907

Birth Place

Engene, Bø parish, Telemark fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Primrose, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861

Death Location

Mt. Horeb, Dane County, WI

Burial Location

East Primrose Cemetery, New Glarus, Dane County, WI


Tone Olsdatter Aase

Mother Lived



Peder Ellefsen Engene

Father Lived





Maline Meland

Married On


2nd Spouse

Caroline Bowerson

2nd Spouse Lived


2nd Marriage Date


3rd Spouse

Betsey Bowerson

3rd Spouse Lived

May 1863- 1938

John Peters was born on June 23, 1837, in Bø, Telemark,  Norway. He immigrated in 1849. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed him as living in Primrose, Dane County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 11, 1861 in Dane County and mustered on December 8, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Peters was left sick in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862 and then sick again in Chattanooga, TN on June 29, 1864. He was promoted from Private to Sergeant (Sersjant) on September 1, 1864. On December 20, 1864, he mustered out with Company E in Chattanooga, TN. Peters was named Second Lieutenant (Løytnant) on February 25, 1867, retroactive to November 11, 1863.

After the war, he married Maline Meland in 1865. They had a son, Marius, and she died in childbirth. In 1870, he married Caroline Bowerson. They had two children: Melvin (1872) and Palmer (1876). She died in 1880. His third wife was Caroline’s sister, Betsey. They had five children, including Corella (1885), Stella (1889), John (1893), Emery (1899), and May (1896). He lived in Mt. Horeb, WI in 1907. He died on March 10, 1907 and buried in East Primrose Cemetery, New Glarus,WI. Betsey shared a grave site and headstone with John.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.70; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Company E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.471; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.258; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Naeseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 161, IDs 2119, 2120, 2123; Bø parish register #7, born and baptised, p. 53,; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL;; 1880 Census, Roll: 1422, Family History Film: 1255422, Page: 289D, Enumeration District: 085; and 1900 Census, Roll: 1782, Page: 1B, Enumeration District: 0034, FHL microfilm: 1241782.