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Svend Torgerson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 81097

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Name at Enlist

Svend Torgerson

Birth Name

Svend Torjussen Sannes

Other Names



31 Oct 1832 –

Birth Place

Sætersdalen, Valle, Aust Agder

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861


Torbjørg Torjusdatter


Torjus Svendsen Sannes


6 Jul 1849


Julia Osofson

Married On

Apr 1866

2nd Spouse

Anna Thompson

2nd Marriage Date

15 Jul 1876

2nd Marriage Location

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Svend Torgerson was born “Svend Torjussen Sannes” on October 31, 1832. He was from Sætersdalen, Valle, Aust Agder, Norway, the son of Torjus Svendsen Sannes and Torbjørg Torjusdatter. Svend came to America with his parents and two siblings on “Frithjof”, which sailed from Kragerø, Telemark on May 26, 1849 and arrived in NY on July 6, 1849. They came to Dodge County, WI. Both his parents died of cholera in 1849, and the children were raised by an aunt and uncle.

Torgerson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The army listed him as living in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, WI, age 19, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 11, 1861 at Oconomowoc and mustered on December 8, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was with the commissary supply team for a time in June and July 1862. After the Battle of Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862 he was missing and then taken prisoner. He returned on January 11, 1863. He was an escort with the provision transport from Stevenson on October 13, 1863 and sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863. He mustered out with Company D on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga. After the war in April 1866, Svend married Julia Osofson. They lived near Iola and Scandinavia, WI and had two children. On July 15, 1876, he married Anne Thompson on Scandinavia, WI. They had no children. In 1893, he was living at Sheridan, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.64; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] by Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.458 photo; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.276 photo; p.302; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.337; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Naeseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 81, ID 1004; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch # M00332-2, GS Film # 1275603.