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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



ca. 1842 – 27 Sep 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 9902

Simon 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 Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, age 19, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 9, 1861 at Scandinavia, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was appointed Corporal on February 1, 1862. On June 3, 1862, he was listed as having been sick at Mound City, IL since March 16, 1862. Peterson was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL in October 1863. He became a prisoner of war at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864, and died of scurvy on September 27, 1864 in Andersonville Prison. He was buried there in grave 9902.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-11, 77-3, 259-2; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.126; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.606; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.265; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.315, e.50; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, 1865.