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Edward Burk

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Edward Burk

Birth Name
Other Names

Edvard Burke


ca. 1817 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Waterford, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Edward Burk was a Norwegian born in Ireland. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Burk as living in Waterford, Racine County, WI, a mason, age 45, and married. His daughter’s name was Catherine (1856). He had gray eyes, brown hair, light complexion, and stood 5’4”. He enlisted for three years on November 1, 1861 at Waterford, and mustered on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was sick and given home leave on March 2, 1862. He was judged unfit for service and discharged for disability at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on May 24, 1862.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5,15; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.44; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.408; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.274; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.298; 1860 Census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 893, Image: 511, Family History Library Film: 805427.