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Torger Erickson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Torger Erickson

Birth Name

ca. 1815 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Coon Valley, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

1 Dec 1861

Torger Erickson was born about 1815 in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Erickson as living in Coon Valley, Bad Ax (Vernon) County, WI, age 46, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 23, 1861 at La Crosse, and mustered on December 1, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was absent without leave on October 6, 1861. On December 20, 1862, he was detached to the Provost Guard, by the order of General Davis. He was assigned as an escort with the provision transport from Stevenson, AL on October 13, 1863. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863; and sick in Knoxville, TN on February 24, 1864. Erickson was sent to the Division Hospital on May 3, 1864. He mustered out with Company E in Chattanooga, TN on December 20, 1864.

After the war, he worked as a farm laborer in Coon, Vernon County (formerly Bad Ax County), WI. He filed a pension on September 29, 1887. He died before 1907.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.72; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.476; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.279; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.303; Coon Valley, 1928, Upper Coon Valley Norwegian Lutheran Church, Coon Valley, WI; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_144; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1738, Page: 328A, Image: 91, Family History Library Film: 553237.