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Martin Russell

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Martin Russell

Birth Name
Other Names

Morten Rasmussen Skafte


ca. 1823 –

Birth Place

Stillinge, Halsted Sogn, Lolland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Randolph, Columbia County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Martin Russell joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed him as living in Randolph, Columbia County, WI, born in Denmark, age 38, and married. He enlisted for three years on November 10, 1861 at Waterford, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). Russell was assigned to Company C, but immediately reassigned to Company I on December 2, 1861 on orders from Colonel Hans C. Heg. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant (Løytnant) on February 6, 1862 and transferred to Company I. Russell was wounded and resigned on November 3, 1862. He was still living in 1884.

Sources: WHS Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.42,122; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.583; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.50; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_408; De Forenede staters danske almanak haand-og aarbog for 1914, Vol. 1-4, (Danish Publishing House of the Pacific Coast: 1913), p.197; Dengang Jeg Drog Af Sted…Danske immigranter i Den Amerikanske Borgerkrig, by Jacob Munkholm Jensen (2012), p.360.