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Christen E. Bolstad

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Christen E. Bolstad

Birth Name
Other Names

Christian L. Bolstad


ca. 1841 –

Resident of Muster-In

Rising Sun, Crawford County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Christen E. Bolstad 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 him as living in Rising Sun, Crawford County, WI, age 22, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 22 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was wounded at Stones River, TN on December 31, 1862 and sent to the hospital and to the Convalescent Center in Nashville, TN. He was later sent north. He was then assigned to the Veterans Reserve Corps on March 1, 1864. When his term of service expired, he was discharged at Nashville from the 160th Company, 2nd Battery, of the Veterans Corps. He filed a pension by himself on December 12, 1866.


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.555; 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.309; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, IL, p.621; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_41.