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Victor M. Willard

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Victor M. Willard

Birth Name

ca. 1816 – Dec 1869

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Waterford, Racine County, WI


Jane N.

Spouse Lived


Victor M. Willard was born in NY. He was married to Jane and they had seven children: Julia (1843), Emma (1845), Albert (1848), Viola (1849), Celvin (1851), Clara (1854), and Fred (1859). In 1860, they were living in Muskego, Waukesha, WI

Victor joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

He is listed as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 45, a farmer, and married. He is described as having blue eyes, brown hair, fair complexion, 6’.  He enlisted for three years on October 31, 1861 at Waterford and mustered at Madison, WI on December 2, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was assigned as a teamster. He disappeared on March 2, 1862, but rejoined the Company on June 4, 1862 and was assigned to the Quartermaster department at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on the 11th of June. He was sick in Iuka, MS on August 28, 1862 and in Bowling Green, KY on September 17, 1862. He became unfit for service and was discharged for disability at Louisville, KY on October 23, 1862.

After the war, he died of consumption in December 1869.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5,15; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.50; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.432; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1436, Page: 88, Image: 93, Family History Library Film: 805436; U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885, p.546, line 2;; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_520.