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Jacob Siler

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jacob Siler

Birth Name
Other Names



ca. 1845 – 30 Nov 1862

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Camp Hospital near Nashville, Davidson County, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Nashville, Davidson County, TN



Mother Lived




Father Lived



May 1847

Jacob Siler was born in Bavaria in about 1845 to Jacob (born in Saxony) and Phillipine (born in Bavaria). He immigrated with his parents and siblings in 1847 and first arrived at NY. His siblings were Mary (born about 1848 in OH), Peter (born 1850 in WI), John (1852 in WI), Minna (1855 in WI), and Henry (1858 in WI).

Siler joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed him as living in Manitowoc County, WI, age 18, unmarried, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’7”. He enlisted for three years on January 25, 1862 at Manitowoc, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease in Camp Hospital near Nashville, TN on November 30, 1862. He was buried in National Cemetery at Nashville. There is a military marker at Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc, WI which states, “Jacob Siler/Co. F/15 Regt./Wis.Inf./Nov. 30 1862”.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 77-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.92; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.518; 1860 Census;; U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes.