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Carl L. Colbjornson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Carl L. Colbjornson

Birth Name

Carl Ludvig Colbjørnsen Stemsrud


25 Dec 1832 – ca. 1895

Birth Place

Grue parish, Hedmark fylke

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Madison, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861


Mathea Sophie Anker Ulriksen Kongshaug

Mother Lived



Johan Eberhart Colbjørnsen Stemsrud

Father Lived



3 Mar 1861


Kirsten Frank

Married On

9 Dec 1856

Marriage Location

Grue, Hedmark, Norway

Carl L. Colbjornson was born in Norway on December 25, 1832 to Johan Eberhart Colbjørnsen and Mathea Sophia. He married Kirsten Frank on December 9, 1856 in Grue, Hedmark, Norway. They had at least two children: Theodor, baptized October 18, 1857, and Orginant, baptized April 24, 1859. Carl left for America by himself on March 3, 1861 from Grue. His family immigrated later.

Colbjornson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Colbjornson as living in Madison, Dane County, WI, age 29, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on August 14, 1861 at Madison, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Sergeant (Sersjant). He was discharged from the service for disease at Murfreesboro, TN on March 23, 1863. As a veteran volunteer, he re-enlisted for three years on October 29, 1863 at Madison, and mustered there on November 27, 1863. His widow, Kirsten, filed a pension in his name on March 11, 1895 in IL.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-4, 140-3; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.30; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.379; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.259; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.294; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, Compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.808; Boulder Historical Society; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_89; Grue, Hedmark Ministerialbok, no. 9 1859 – 1863, p.343; Norway, Select Marriages, FHL Film #307241; Norway, Select Baptisms, FHL Film #307242; Norway, Select Baptisms, FHL Film #307241; Grue, Hedmark Ministerialbok, no. 7 1830-1847, p.20.