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Christopher Erickson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Christopher Erickson

Birth Name
Other Names



31 Jan 1842 – 19 Aug 1864

Birth Place

Bagn, Sør-Aurdal, Oppland

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Black Earth, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville Cemetery, Macon County, GA, grave 6160


Anne Christophersdtr


Erik Anderson

Christopher Erickson was born on January 31, 1842 at Bagn, Sør-Aurdal, Oppland, Norway. His parents were Erik Anderson and Anne Christophersdtr. He 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 Erickson as living in Black Earth, Dane County, WI, unmarried, and age 20. He enlisted for three years on October 3, 1861 at Madison, WI. His enlistment was credited to Waukesha County, WI. He mustered on November 16, 1861 at Madison as a Private (Menig). He was sick in hospital in Jacinto, MS in July 1862 and then sick again in Farmington, MS also July 1862. He was taken prisoner in Battle of Chickamauga, GA on September 20, 1863. He died of dysentery in Andersonville prison on August 19, 1864 and buried in Andersonville Cemetery, grave 6160.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office boxes 76-4, 259-2; 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.380; GPO, p.66; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.295; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.278; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Ann Urness Gesme, Cedar Rapids, IA; Norway Digital Archives, Sør-Aurdal, Oppland Ministerialbok, no. 4 1841-1849, p.33.