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Peter Sorenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Peter Sorenson

Birth Name

ca. 1820 – 17 Nov 1863

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Raymond, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

5 Dec 1862

Cause of Death

chronic diarrhea

Death Location

Cumberland Army general hospital in Nashville, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Nashville; section D, grave 597

Peter Sorenson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed him as living in Raymond, Racine County, WI, born in Denmark, age 42, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, and 5’5”. He enlisted for three years on November 29,1862 and mustered at Madison, WI on December 5, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Sorenson was sick in Wilson Valley in September 1863 and sick in Winson’s Gap. He died of chronic diarrhea in the Cumberland Army general hospital in Nashville, TN on November 17, 1863. He was buried in National Cemetery at Nashville; section D, grave 597.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 77-1; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.429; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.333; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.299; General’s Office, vol.20, p.134.