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Samuel Peterson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Samuel Peterson

Birth Name

ca. 1843 –

Birth Place

Naes Jaernverk

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861





Spouse Lived


Samuel Peterson was from Naes Jaernverk, Norway. He 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 Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 6, 1861 at Scandinavia and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Peterson was sick in Louisville, KY in September 1863, and in Knoxville, TN in December 1863. He mustered out with Company I on Feb 10, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN. After the war, a man of this name, living in Ogdensburgh, Waupaca County, WI was granted a pension of $4 a month because of a wound to his right knee.

In 1870, he and his wife, Sarah, were living in St. Lawrence, Waupaca, WI. Sarah’s father was born in Germany and her mother in Norway. Sarah was born in IL. In 1910, they were still living in Waupaca County, WI. There is no evidence that they had any children.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; 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.606; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.315, e.52; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1744, Page: 160A, Image: 323, Family History Library Film: 553243; 1880 Census, Roll: 1452, Family History Film: 1255452, Page: 180B, Enumeration District: 177; 1900 Census, Roll: 1823, Page: 17A, Enumeration District: 0139, FHL microfilm: 1241823; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_1743, Page: 3A, Enumeration District: 0094, FHL microfilm: 1375756.