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Peter Peterson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Peter Peterson

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ca. 1843 –

Resident of Muster-In

Freeborn County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862





Peter Peterson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves “Heg’s Rifles” in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the “Voss Company” because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Freeborn County, MN, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 22, 1861 in Freeborn County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Peterson was wounded at Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862, and sent to the hospital. He was an orderly in a hospital in Murfreesboro, TN on March 20, 1863. Peterson was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863 and then sick in Knoxville, TN on February 18, 1864. On February 13, 1865, he mustered out with Company H at Chattanooga. WI.  Peter Peterson was the son of Severt and Betsy Peterson of Bancroft Township, Freeborn County, MN.  He died on July 12, 1868 of illness contracted during the war. He was buried in Central Freeborn Church cemetery, Freeborn County, MN.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.118; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillge [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.572; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 310; Freeborn County Historical Society, Albert Lea, MN, GAR records.