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Anders Tobiason

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Anders Tobiason

Birth Name

14 May 1834 – 28 May 1908

Birth Place

Kvas, Vest-Agder fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Death Location

Windom, Cottonwood County, MN


Gjesene Andersdatter Vemestad Ovre


Tobias Simonsen Berkeland





Spouse Lived

1842-30 Jun 1916

Married On


Anders Tobiason was born in 1834 in Norway to Tobias Simonson Berkeland and Gjesene Andersdatter Vemestad Ovre. He immigrated 1859.

Anders joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed him as living in Winneshiek County, IA, age 27, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 18, 1862 in Winneshiek County and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862. He was designated Corporal (Korporal) on February 1, 1862. In July 1862, he was sick in Bardstown, KY. He was missing and apparently wounded in Battle of Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862 and returned by January 7, 1862. He became unfit for service and was discharged from the service for disability at Columbus, OH on May 2, 1862.

After the war, he lived with his wife, Olina, and their eight children: Josephine (1868, MN), Teodor (1871), Lars C. (1872), Julia (1874), Enok (1876), August (1878), Clara O. (1880), and Emma (1883). They had married in 1866. He worked as a farmer in Christiania, Jackson County, MN.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.140; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.646; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.266; DGA;  Oberst Heg og Hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.319; 1880 Census, Roll: 624, Family History Film: 1254624, Page: 496C, Enumeration District: 121, Image: 0232; 1900 Census, Roll: 771, Page: 2A, Enumeration District: 0103, FHL microfilm: 1240771; 1905 MN Census, Roll # MNSC_114, line 37;; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_475.