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Jens Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Photo is believed to have been taken circa 1864 - after he was detached with the 8th Wisconsin Battery.
Image is from Danske I Kamp i og for Amerika by P. S. Vig (Omaha, NE 1917) Translation of biographic

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Name at Enlist

Jens Anderson

Birth Name
Other Names



24 Mar 1839 – ca. 1922

Birth Place

Maglebjerghuse, Kundby, Holbæk

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Berlin, Green Lake County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861


Sophia Peterson

Married On

9 Dec 1868

Marriage Location

Black Hawk County, IA

Jens Anderson was born on March 24, 1839, in Denmark. When the war broke out, he joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Anderson as living in Berlin, Green Lake County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 8, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He was home on leave in August 1862. He was assigned to Wisconsin Light Artillery, 8th Battery on July 29, 1863, on an order from Captain Hans C. Heg. He re-enlisted in the 8th Battery on January 5, 1864, in Nashville, TN. He mustered out with his Battery.

After the war, Anderson married Sophia Peterson in Iowa and by 1880 they had moved to Nebraska. She was born in 1834 in Denmark. They had at least three children including Guldberg Peter (1871-1955), Ove T. (1873-1964), and Theodore M. (1878-1941). On April 13, 1922, Sophia filed a pension under Jens’ name from Nebraska.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 28; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige, p. 376; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p. 808; “Notes of a Civil War Soldier,” Bersven Nelson, NAHA, vol. 26, 1974, pp. 121, 129; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 294; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_9; 1880 Census, Enumeration District 070, Roll 757; Page323B;