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|Name at Enlist|
ca. 1833 – 11 Jun 1864
|Resident of Muster-In|
Spring Prairie, Dane County, WI
|Company at Enlistment|
|Rank at Enlistment|
16 Nov 1861
|Cause of Death|
Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN; section 6, grave 51
Herman Peterson 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 Spring Prairie, Dane County, WI, age 28, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 31, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was in the Pioneer Corps in November 1862. Peterson died of disease at Chattanooga, TN on June 11, 1864. He was buried in National Cemetery, Chattanooga; section 6, grave 51.
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.34; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.396; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.297; 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.