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Herman Thoreson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 80710

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Name at Enlist

Herman Thoreson

Birth Name

ca. 1826 –

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Pleasant Spring, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Herman Thoreson was born in  Ringerike, Norway, about 1826. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed him as living in Pleasant Spring, Dane County, WI, age 35, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 28, 1861 at Madison, WI and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was taken prisoner in Battle of Stones River on December 31, 1862. Thoreson was exchanged and returned to Regiment on May 1, 1863. He mustered out with Company on December 2, 1864 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he was living in Nunda, Freeborn County, MN. He was single and working as a farmer. His status was the same in the 1870 and 1880 Census.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.36; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.399; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.335; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.274, photo, p.297; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_4, Page: 1110, Image: 442, Family History Library Film: 830424; 1880 Census, Roll: 620, Family History Film: 1254620, Page: 157D, Enumeration District: 102, Image: 0317; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_472.