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Einar Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Einar Anderson

Birth Name
Other Names

Einar A. Groves


12 Jun 1844 – 3 Apr 1877

Resident of Muster-In

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

29 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Oakland Cemetery in Forest City, Winnebago County, IA


Anne Olsdatter Groth

Spouse Lived

1847- 1913

Married On

20 Apr 1866

Marriage Location

Little Iowa Norsk-Evangelisk Lutherske Menighed, Winneshiek County, IA

Einar Anderson was born on June 12, 1844. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed Anderson as living in Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA, age 17, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 25, 1861, at Decorah, and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 29, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Cowan, TN, on August 17, 1863, and sick in Chattanooga, TN, on November 28, 1863. Anderson transferred to 68th IN on January 31, 1864, but returned on April 1, 1864. He was seriously wounded in the left shoulder at Kenesaw Mountain, GA, on June 22, 1864. He was taken to Harvey Hospital, Madison, WI. He mustered out from Harvey hospital in Madison on December 20, 1864, upon the expiration of term of service.

After the war, he moved back to Iowa and lived under the name Einer Anderson Groves. He married Anne Olsdatter Groth on April 20, 1866, in Little Iowa Norsk-Evangelisk Lutherske Menighed, Winneshiek, IA. Anne lived 1847 to 1913. They had at least two children: Emma and Mary.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-8, 77-2; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 86; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 498; Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 268; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 306; Decorah Genealogy Association, Decorah, IA; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_189; Iowa Select Marriages, 1809-1992, FHL Film # 1412084;;