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Jens Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 86842

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Name at Enlist

Jens Anderson

Birth Name

5 Feb 1837 – 18 Oct 1877

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Chippewa, Chippewa County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Big Elk Creek Lutheran Church Cemetery, Elk Mound, Chippewa County, WI


Dorothy Nelson

Jens Anderson was born in Norway on February 5, 1837. He 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 Wisconsin county when they enlisted.

The army listed Anderson as living in Chippewa, Chippewa County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 9, 1861, at Wheaton, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI, on December 20, 1861, as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Chattanooga, TN, on October 17 and November 28, 1862. He was sick in Knoxville, TN, on February 25, 1864. He was sent to the Division hospital in Nashville, TN, on August 11, 1864. He mustered out with I Company at Chattanooga, TN, on February 10, 1865. He was married to Dorothy Nelson, also born in Norway. He died on October 18, 1877.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 128; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen,  Decorah, IA, p. 584; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 281, photo, pp. 314, e50; “Notes of a Civil War Soldier“, Bersven Nelson, Norwegian-American Studies, vol. 26, NAHA, 1974, p. 127;; “Biography of Adolph Anderson” (who was Jens’ son);