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Peter Clausen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Peter Clausen

Birth Name

Peter Clausen


ca. 1843 – 23 Nov 1863

Resident of Muster-In

Amherst, Portage County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

chronic diarrhea

Death Location

Chattanooga, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section A, grave 215


Claus Peterson

Peter Clausen joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed Clausen as living in Amherst, Portage County, WI, a farmer, age 18, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on October 20, 1861 at Scandinavia, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He died of chronic diarrhea in Chattanooga, TN on November 23, 1863. He was buried in National Cemetery at Chattanooga; section A, grave 215. His father, Claus Peterson, filed a pension in Peter’s name on October 3, 1888 in MN.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.128; 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.587; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.275; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.314; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288-85.