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Emanuel Swenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Emanuel Swenson

Birth Name
Other Names



ca. 1835 – 28 Nov 1863

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Norway Township, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

chronic diarrhea

Death Location

Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN

Burial Location

Chattanooga National Cemetery; section D, grave 744

Emanuel Swenson 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 Norway Township, Racine County, WI, born in Norway, age 26, a farmer, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, and 5’3”. He enlisted for three years on November 7, 1861 at Waterford, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He died of chronic diarrhea in hospital in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863 and buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery; section D, grave 744.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 77-1; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.50; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] by Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.430; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.332; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.300; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 786, Image: 404, Family History Library Film: 805427.