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Torvald Anderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Torvald Anderson

Birth Name
Other Names

Thorwald Anderson


ca. 1836 – ca. 1863

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Houston County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Torvald Anderson was born in Aalen, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company H. The men of the company called themselves “Heg’s Rifles” in honor of the 15th commander, Colonel Hans C. Heg. They were also known as the “Voss Company” because of a large number of them who were from the Voss region of Norway.

The army listed Anderson as living in Houston County, MN, age 26, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 13, 1862 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered at Madison on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was sick in Lebanon, Marion County, KY and Louisville, KY. Anderson was discharged from the service at Nashville, TN on May 5, 1863 for disability due to disease. He died soon after returning home.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-10; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.114; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.553; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.309; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.