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William Burgeson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

William Burgeson

Birth Name
Other Names

Bergerson, Buyerson


ca. 1841 – 9 Nov 1863

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

York, Green County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

chronic diarrhea

Death Location

U.S. General Hospital No. 8 at Nashville, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery, Madison, TN; section E, grave 185

William Burgeson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Burgeson as living in York, Green County, WI, a farmer, age 20, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, dark hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on November 2, 1861 in Green County, and mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was detached in the Light Battalion of 2nd Brigade. He was wounded in battle at Stones River, TN, and sent to camp hospital at Chattanooga. Since September 15, 1863, he was sick in the field hospital at Chattanooga, TN. He sent to a hospital at Nashville. He died of chronic diarrhea in U.S. General Hospital No. 8 at Nashville, TN on November 9, 1863. He was buried in National Cemetery; section E, grave 185. He was entered on the Roll of Honor for the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 20th Army Corps.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7,16; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.72; 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.473; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, who suggests this soldier may have been wounded again at Chattanooga, p.274; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.195. Photo; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.621; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.303; Roll of Honor, vol.22, p.277.