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Nels Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Nels Anderson

Birth Name

Nels Andreassen Skjerven

Other Names

Niels Andreassen Hougrud, Nels A. Haugerud


20 Jul 1844 – 13 Feb 1915

Birth Place

Vardal, Oppland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Koshkonong, Jefferson County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Death Location

Deerfield, Dane Co., WI

Burial Location

Deerfield Lutheran Cemetery, Deerfield, Dane, WI


Karen Nielsdatter Lund

Mother Lived

1818 – 1860/1862


Andreas Andersen Mælum

Father Lived

18 Jul 1820 – Jan 1860/1861


23 Aug 1849

Niels Andreassen was born on the Skjerveneie farm in Vardal parish, Oppland fylke, Norway. He emigrated from that parish with his parents and two brothers on May 31, 1849, sailing from Christiania on the Flora. He enlisted as Nels Anderson in the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Anderson as living in Koshkonong, Jefferson County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 28, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861, as a Private (Menig). Anderson was sick in hospital in Murfreesboro, TN. He was wounded in the left shoulder at Chickamauga, GA, on September 19, 1863, sent to Chattanooga, TN, then to a hospital in the north. He mustered out with B Company at Chattanooga on December 2, 1864.

After the war, he appears on the 1890 Veteran Schedule in Christiana Township, Dane County, WI, and in later censuses living in Deerfield, WI, were he died. He is buried in Deerfield Lutheran Cemetery, Deerfield, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, box 76-4; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, Archives, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, vol. 20, p. 28; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, 1895, Decorah, IA, p. 376; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p. 256; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p. 625; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p. 808; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL;  Norwegian Immigrants to the United States, A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850, Volume Four 1849, Gerhard B. Næseth and Blaine Hedberg, 2004, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 228, ID 3034; 1890 Veteran Schedule, Christiana Township, Dane, WI, Roll 113, p. 1, Enumeration District 23, 1900 Census, Deerfield, Dane, WI, Roll: 1782, Page 2A, Enumeration District, 0042, FHL microfilm 1241782, 1910 Census, Deerfield, Dane, WI, Roll T624_1708, Page 5B, Enumeration District 0049, FHL microfilm 1375721; Deerfield Lutheran Church Records 1891-1948, Næseth Library, Madison;;;