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Erik Asbjornson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Erik Asbjornson

Birth Name
Other Names

Erick Asbernson, Erick Asbjørnson


ca. 1823 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

26 Dec 1863

Erik Asbjornson was born in Norway. He joined 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 Asbjornson as living in La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI, age 40, a farmer, and married. He had blue eyes, brown hair, mixed complexion [sic], and stood 5’8½”. He enlisted for three years on December 23, 1863 at La Crosse, and mustered there on December 26, 1863 as a Private (Menig). He joined B Company in Knoxville, TN on February 19, 1864. He transferred to Company H on December 1, 1864; then to 24th Infantry; and to I Company of the 13th Century on June 11, 1865. He was discharged from the service on November 24, 1865 at San Antonio, TX.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.18, p.172; vol.20, p.28; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1895, p.378; 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.265; 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.