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Nils Bjornson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Nils Bjornson

Birth Name
Other Names

Nils Bohnson


ca. 1837 – 14 Oct 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Spring Prairie, Walworth County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, Georgia; grave 10,919.

Nils Bjornson 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 WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed Bjornson as living in Spring Prairie, Walworth County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 30, 1861 at Spring Prairie, and mustered at Madison, WI on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was captured by the enemy at New Hope Church, GA on May 27, 1864. He died of scurvy in Andersonville Prison on October 14, 1864. He was buried there in grave 10,919. The Andersonville records show him as “Bohnson”.


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; Wisconsin in the War of the Rebellion, Wm. DeLoss Love, 1866, Church and Goodman, Chicago, p.1082; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.586; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.272; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.59, 314, e50; “List of Prisoners Who Died in 1864-65 at Andersonville Prison”, compiled by Dorance Atwater, 2nd New York Cavalry, 1865.