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Peter Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Peter Anderson

Birth Name

Peter Pedersen


ca. 1843 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Norway Township, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861



Mother Lived



Peter Anderson

Father Lived


Peter Anderson was born about 1843 to Peter and Sonova Anderson. They immigrated between 1847 and 1850. His sibling Andrew (1847) was born in Norway and Ole (1850) and Mary (1859) were born in WI. In the 1850 and 1860 Census, he and his family were living in Norway, Racine, WI.

Peter joined WI 15th Infantry, Company C.  The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Anderson as living in Norway Township, Racine County, WI, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861 at Waterford, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He served as an escort with the supply transport from Stevenson, AL on October 13, 1863. He transferred to 68th Indiana Regiment on February 1, 1864. He came back on April 1, 1864. He mustered out with the company on January 1, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.44; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1895, p.406; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.269; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.297; 1850 Census, Roll: M432_1004, Page: 140B, Image: 282; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 801, Image: 419, Family History Library Film: 805427.