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James Larson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Photo believed to have been taken sometime after July 1862.
Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 89863

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Name at EnlistJames Larson
Birth NameJames Larsen
Lived17 May 1835 - 19 Apr 1913
Birth PlaceChristiania (now Oslo)
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InPerry, Dane County, WI
Company at EnlistmentField Officers & Staff
2nd CompanyC
Rank at EnlistmentCommissary Sergeant
Muster Date28 Feb 1862
Cause of DeathPneumonia and Bright's Disease
Death LocationWenatchee, Chelan County, WA
Burial LocationWenatchee Cemetery, Wenatchee, WA
MotherMartha Jenson
FatherLars Hanson Lee
Father Lived1805-
Immigration1852
SpouseMartha Wettleson
Spouse Lived1835- 1912
Married On13 Feb 1858
Marriage LocationStoughton, Dane County, WI

James Larson was born on May 17, 1835 in Christiania, Norway to Martha Jenson and Lars Hanson Lee. In 1852, he immigrated to WI. There, he met and married Martha Wettleson on February 13, 1858 in Stoughton, Dane County, WI.

Larson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The army listed him as living in Perry, Dane County, WI, age 27, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 25, 1862 at Perry, and mustered on February 28, 1862 at Madison, WI. Larson was named Regimental Commissary Sergeant (Sersjant). Commissioned Second Lieutenant (Løytnant), at Jacinto, MS, on July 6, 1862, effective from the 9th, and assigned to Company C. Larson became acting Quartermaster Officer in April 1863. In May 1863, he was acting Commissary Officer of the Brigade. He was in command of the supply train of the 1st Division in September 1863. Because of illness, he was left behind in Chattanooga on November 28, 1863. Larson was the temporary commander of Company A, then made acting post commander at Strawberry Plains in March 1864. He was appointed ambulance director at Brigade Headquarters in April 1864 and then promoted to First Lieutenant on October 19, 1864. He was absent due to illness on September 29, 1864. He was mustered out with Company C on January 1, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, Larson returned to Wisconsin and went by the name James L. Lee. He and his wife had at least nine children, including Mary (1859), Lenah (1861), Willie (1866), Henrietta (1867), Theodore (1869), Stella (1871), Albert (1873), Laura (1876), and Martha (1878). In 1870, they were living in Westford, Richland County, WI. They relocated to Iowa before Albert was born. They lived in West Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA, and Larson worked as an accountant. By 1910, they had moved to Wenatchee, Chelan County, WA. Albert lived with them. James died on April 19, 1913. He is buried next to Martha in Wenatchee Cemetery, Wenatchee, WA.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-2, 78-1; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, pp. 4, 42; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p. 404 photo; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 258; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, pp 269 (photo), 291, 297; findagrave.com; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1734, Page: 744A, Image: 391, Family History Library Film: 553233; 1880 Census, Roll: 370, Family History Film: 1254370, Page: 85B, Enumeration District: 343, Image: 0360; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_1654, Page: 26A, Enumeration District: 0025, FHL microfilm: 1375667.