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Lewis Rolfson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Image has been clipped from a photo of 15th veterans. Group photo taken at a 1917 reunion at Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 81091

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Name at Enlist

Lewis Rolfson

Birth Name

Lars Engebretsen

Other Names

Lars, Louis Rolfsen


09 Feb 1841 – 07 Jan 1936

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Norway, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

01 Jan 1862

Death Location

Norway, Racine County, WI

Burial Location

Norway Lutheran Church Cemetery, near Wind Lake, Racine County, WI


Ingeborg Lagesdatter

Mother Lived

31 Jan 1819


Engebret Rolfsen Morthveit

Father Lived

7 May 1815


3 Sep 1850


Betsy Haugan

Married On

13 Jul 1875

Marriage Location

Muskego church, Muskego, Waukesha County, WI

Lewis Rolfson was born on February 9, 1841 near Christiana, Norway. His parents were Engebret Rolfsen Morthveit and Ingeborg Lagesdtr. His parent had married in Jevnaker, Oppland, Norway on April 15, 1838. Lewis’ paternal grandparents were Rolf Tonnesen and Berthe Engebrethsen.

Lewis and his family immigrated in 1850 aboard the Vesta. They left from Christiania, Norway and arrived in NY, NY. His siblings were Rolf (1838), Brede (1843), Maria (April 28, 1846). Once they were in the US, his parents had three more children: Anders (1850), Martin (1856), and Emil Douglas (1860).

Rolfson 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 Norway Township, Racine County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 14, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on January 1, 1862 as a Private (Menig). On July 1, 1863, he was left behind because of illness in Manchester, TN. Rolfson was missing in the Battle of Chickamauga, GA. He mustered out with Company C on January 1, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, Lewis lived at Lake Denoon, Racine County. He married Betsey Haugan on July 13, 1875. They had four children: Emily and Edna (born in 1881), Ada (1884), and Clarence (1887). Lewis died on January 7, 1936.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20 p.48; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.428; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.299; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.325; Photocopy of a newspaper feature story, signed “F.D.M.” and dated 22 Jan 1933, paper unidentified.; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; NY Passenger and Immigration Lists, 1820-1850; Norway Digital Archives; Wedding announcement in Racine County Argus, 7/22/1875; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 786, Image: 404, Family History Library Film: 805427; 1905 WI Census, Roll #CSUSAWI1905_25, Line 20.