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Jens Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jens Anderson

Birth Name

Jens Andersen

Other Names



5 Feb 1837 – 18 Oct 1877

Birth Place

Bærum Jern Værk, Vestre Bærum parish, Asker, Akershus fylke

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


Mari Larsdatter Tanberg

Mother Lived

3 Jul 1793-?aft 1865


Anders Nilsen

Father Lived

7 Mar 1801-29 May 1865




Dorthea Nelson (Nildatter Fleskmo)

Spouse Lived

19 Jun 1844-4 Feb 1872

Married On

30 Mar 1866

Marriage Location

Eau Claire, WI

2nd Spouse

Hendrikke Christiansdatter

2nd Spouse Lived

10 Dec 1837-28 Dec 1880

2nd Marriage Date

18 Dec 1872

2nd Marriage Location

Eau Claire, WI

Jens Andersen was born in Bærum Jern Værk, Vestre Bærum parish, Asker,  and left the parish for America on  April 23, 1856.  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.

After the war he returned to Chippewa County and married  Dorthea Nelson.  They had two children: Mina Dortea (1867-1886) and Adolph Nicolai (1871-1942).  After Dorthea died, he married Hendrikke. Their children were Carl John (1875-1932) and Henri Olai (1876-1954).  Jens died on October 18, 1877, and buried in Big Elk Creek Lutheran Cemetery, Elk Mound, Chippewa County, WI.


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);;; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, #18684.