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Andrew S. Bronken

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Andrew S. Bronken

Birth Name

15 Dec 1832 – 12 Jul 1911

Resident of Muster-In

La Crosse, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

24 Feb 1864

Death Location

Portland, Multnomah County, OR

Burial Location

River View Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, OR



Andrew S. Bronken was born in Norway in December 15, 1832. He first immigrated to PA before coming to WI. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Bronken as living in La Crosse, La Crosse County (or Eau Claire, Eau Claire County), WI, age 31, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, light hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on February 24, 1864 at La Crosse, and mustered the same day as a Recruit Private (Menig). He joined E Company at Knoxville, TN. He transferred to Company H at Whiteside, TN on December 20, 1864; assigned temporarily to the 24th Infantry; and transferred to I Company WI 15th Infantry on June 10, 1865. He mustered out on November 24, 1865 at San Antonio, TX.

After the war, he moved to Richland County, Dakota Territory in October 1878. In 1880, he was living with his wife, Dorathea, and their children Herman (1857), Samuel (1859), Anna (1864), Peter (1869), and Selmer (1871). The 1885 Census of the Dakota Territory shows “Andrew S. Broken”. He worked as a farmer and living in Fort Abercrombie, Richland, Dakota Territory. He died in 1911 in Portland, OR.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.18, p.172, vol.20, p.72; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.473; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.303; 1880 Census, Roll: 114, Family History Film: 1254114, Page: 168B, Enumeration District: 056, Image: 0355;