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Fingal Christopherson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Fingal Christopherson

Birth Name

ca. 1812 – ca. 1888

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Worth County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862



Fingal Christopherson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself “Clausen’s Guards” in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen. Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed Christopherson as living in Worth County, IA, age 45, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 12, 1861 in Worth County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left behind sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was discharged from the service for disability due to disease at Jacinto, MS on July 22, 1862.

In 1880, he as living with his wife, Live, and son, N. All three were born in Norway: Live in 1811, Fingal in 1812, and N. in 1841. They were residing in Kerkhoven, Swift County, MN. Fingal died circa 1888.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.142; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.621; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.275; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.317; Information on Worth County, IA , Civil War participants gathered by Violet Walk, Grafton, IA; 1880 Census, Roll: 635, Family History Film: 1254635, Page: 237D, Enumeration District: 028, Image: 0481; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_82.