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Reinert Steffes

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Reinert Steffes

Birth Name

ca. 1843 – 3 Jul 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

5 Jan 1862

Cause of Death

Chronic diarrhea

Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 2814

Reinert Steffes joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the compant 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, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 31, 1861 at Manitowoc, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on January 5, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Nashville, TN in Dec 1862. On September 20, 1863, he was taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA and died of chronic diarrhea in Andersonville Prison on July 3, 1864. He was buried there in grave 2814.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; 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; GPO, p.187; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, pub. 1865.