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Peter Vinson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Peter Vinson

Birth Name

ca. 1827 – 1911

Resident of Muster-In

Chicago, Cook County, IL

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

27 Nov 1862

Death Location

Soldiers Home

Peter Vinson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F as a Private (Menig). The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

Vinson enlisted on October 10, 1861 at Chicago and mustered at Madison, WI on November 15, 1861 as a Private (Menig). The army listed him as living in Chicago, IL. He was unmarried, a farmer, and 34 years old. He had blue eyes, blond hair, and stood 5’8″ tall.

Vinson was sick in Nashville, TN on November 27, 1862 and was then transferred to the 4th U.S. Cavalry of Chicago, IL. After the war, he died at a Soldiers Home in 1911.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.92; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] by Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.522; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.308; U.S. Civil War Soldiers and Profiles, 1861-1865; Roster of WI Volunteers;