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Jarvis L Rice

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jarvis L Rice

Birth Name

Jarvis L. Rice

Other Names

James Rice


ca. 1826 – 14 May 1914

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment

Field Officers & Staff

2nd Company


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

25 Feb 1862


Abel Rice

Father Lived

1775- 1845


Caroline R.

2nd Spouse

Margaret A. Cummings

2nd Marriage Date

Aug 1903

Jarvis L. Rice was born in PA in about 1826. His father was born in MA and mother in VA. He moved to WI and granted 80 acres of farmland in Waupaca, WI in 1856. He was also appointed postmaster in the same location.

Jarvis 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.

The army listed him as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, age 39. and married. He enlisted for three years on February 5, 1862 at Waterford, and mustered on February 25, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Rice was promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant (Sersjant), and transferred to the Regimental Staff, on March 1, 1863. He transferred back to the Company as a Private (Menig) on December 23, 1864. Rice mustered out as a Private with Company C on January 1, 1865, at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he lived in Millrook, Graham, KS. He married Caroline and they had one child named Charles W. In 1890, he lived in Appelton City, Saint Clair, MO. In 1903, Jarvis married Margaret A. Cumings. In 1910, they were living in Leslie, Ingham County, MI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-5, 78-1; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.4, p.48; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, IA, 1894), p.428; 1855 WI Census; U.S. General Land Office Records, Document #17912; U.S. Appointments of Post-Masters, Vol#20B; 1880 Census, Roll: 382, Family History Film: 1254382, Page: 243D, Enumeration District: 100, Image: 0130; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 32, Page: 2, Enumeration District: 175; 1904 Michigan city directory, p.454; MI Marriage Index, Record #363, Film #77; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_651, Page: 2B, Enumeration District: 0084, FHL microfilm: 1374664; MI Death Records, Roll Number: 196, Certificate Number: 10.