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Andrew Torkilson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Andrew Torkilson

Birth Name
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ca. 1834 – 1893

Birth Place

Besteland, Saetersdalen

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Death Location

Glenwood, Pope County, MN

Andrew Torkilson was born in Besteland, Saetersdalen, Norway.  He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, age 27, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861 at Scandinavia and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was listed as sick in Bridgeport, AL on the 15th, 16th and 18th of September 1863. On May 16, 1864, he was seriously wounded in his right hand at Resaca, GA. The army recorded him as being in Nashville, TN on May 27, 1864. He was sent to a hospital in Madison, WI and discharged from the service there for his wounds on February 2, 1865. In 1866, Torkilson moved to Glenwood, MN. He became Sheriff and was the Register of Deeds in Pope County, MN three times. He died in Glenwood in 1893.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.134; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.610 photo;  Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.281 photo and p.316; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.