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Knud Erickson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Knud Erickson

Birth Name

24 Jan 1833 – 8 Feb 1891

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

12 Dec 1861

Cause of Death

Valders Cemetery, Manitowoc County, WI

Death Location

Gjerpen, Manitowoc County, WI


Turi (Thora)

Spouse Lived

4 Dec 1835- 30 Oct 1887

Knud Erickson was born January 24, 1833 in Valders, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway.

The army listed Erickson as living in Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI, unmarried, age 28, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, black hair, light complexion, and stood 5’10”. He enlisted for three years on October 3, 1861 at Manitowoc, WI, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was sick on July 20, 26, and 28, 1862 in Corinth, MS. He disappeared and was classified as “deserter”, but returned and was discharged from the service for disease from a hospital at Cincinnati, OH on September 25, 1862. He was reinstated to the F Company of the WI 25th Infantry on January 4, 1864. He was wounded near Dallas, GA on May 25, 1864. He transferred to F Company of the 3rd Infantry on June 10, 1865. He mustered out on July 18, 1865.

After the war, in 1880 he lived in Cato, Manitowoc County, WI. He and his wife Thora had several children, including: Ole (1859), Emma (1861), Gurina (1867), Eliza (1868), Edward (1872), and Theodor (1875). He died in Gjerpen, Manitowoc County, WI on February 8, 1891.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.86; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.502; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.306; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.279 The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.629; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL;; 1880 Census, Roll: 1434, Family History Film: 1255434, Page: 18D, Enumeration District: 060.