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Simon Peterson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Simon Peterson

Birth Name
Other Names

Lemon Pederson


ca. 1826 –

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Jan 1862

Simon Peterson was born in Ringebu, Norway, about 1826. 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 La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI, age 35, and unmarried. He enlisted on December 28, 1861 in Bad Ax County, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He transferred to Company D on November 15, 1862, and then was assigned to the 68th IN on February 1, 1863. However, he returned to the WI 15th, Company I on April 2, 1863. On May 27, 1863, he was wounded in his left leg at New Hope Church, GA and sent to the hospital. He moved to the Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO. Peterson mustered out with Company I on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN. He is on the Roll of Honor of the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps.

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.62,134; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.455; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.302; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway;