Skip Navigation

Frank Christopherson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

Database Record Change Request

Name at Enlist

Frank Christopherson

Birth Name

Frants Christophersen Lieshagen

Other Names



ca. 1807 – 9 Apr 1862

Resident of Muster-In

Clermont, Fayette County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

13 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

on the river ship

Burial Location

Mississippi River National Cemetery, Memphis, TN


Christopher Hansen




Anne Katrine Olsdatter Sandsbraaten

Spouse Lived


Married On

23 Apr 1829

Marriage Location

Hurdal, Akershus, Norway

Frants Christophersen Lieshagen was born in 1807 in Norway to Christopher Hansen. He married Anne Katrine Olsdatter Sandsbraaten on April 23, 1829 in Hurdal, Akershus, Norway. At age 54, they emigrated to the U. S. in 1861 and their daughter, Fredrikke, age 21.

Under the name Frank Christopherson, he 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 Christopherson as living in Clermont, Fayette County, IA, age 54, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 10, 1862 at La Crosse, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 13, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease on the river ship “Graham” near Mississippi River Island No. 10 on April 9, 1862. He was buried in Mississippi River National Cemetery, Memphis, TN.


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; 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.556; 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.309; Letter, Kjell Haugnes, Bergverksgt 6A, N-0551 Oslo, Norway; Norway, Select Marriages, 1660-1926, FHL Film # 123316.