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Lars E. Saim

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lars E. Saim

Birth Name
Other Names

Seim, Lewis Ellefson, Lars Ellefson


ca. 1843 – ca. 1881

Resident of Muster-In

Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862


Sarah Ellefson

Lars E. Saim joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed him as living in Winneshiek County, IA, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 6, 1862 in Winneshiek County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Saim was sick in the general hospital at Farmington, MS in July 1862. He became unfit for service and was discharged for disability from Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, MO on November 22, 1862.

After the war, he married Sarah Ellefson. He died about 1881.

Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.148; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.641; DGA; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.327; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_140.