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Daniel Peterson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Daniel Peterson

Birth Name
Other Names



ca. 1833 – 23 Jun 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Porter, Rock County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death

Killed by a falling tree

Death Location

Bald Knob (Kennesaw Mountain), GA

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Marietta, GA; section G, grave 1660

Daniel Peterson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in Porter, Rock County, WI, born in Norway, age 28, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’9½” and worked as a farmer. He enlisted on November 9, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was assigned to 68th IN Regiment from January 31, 1864 until April 1, 1864. On June 23, 1864, he was accidentally killed by a falling tree at Bald Knob (Kennesaw Mountain), GA while on duty with the pioneer corps. He was buried in National Cemetery at Marietta, GA, section G, grave 1660.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-11, 77-1; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.134; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.604; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.315, e.51.