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Anders Erikson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Anders Erikson

Birth Name

Anders Eriksen Natvig

Other Names

Anders Erickson, Andrew Erickson


14 Jan 1841 – 17 Jul 1909

Birth Place

Natvig, Årdal parish, Lærdal, Sogn og Fjordane

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Door Creek, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Dec 1861

Death Location

Union County, SD

Burial Location

Brule Creek Cemetery, Spink Township, Union County, block 1, lot 53, grave 4


Mari Andersdatter Natvigen

Mother Lived

25 Apr 1812-29 Aug 1896


Erik Andersen Hovland

Father Lived

2 Jan 1814-7 Oct 1891




Julia Anderson/Johanna Knudsdatter Berge

Spouse Lived

27 Jan 1843-26 Jun 1912

Married On

8 Nov 1866

Marriage Location

Madison, Dane County, WI

Anders Eriksen was born in Årdal parish, Sogn og Fjordane fylke, Norway and immigrated from there with his uncle in 1857. 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 Erikson as living in Door Creek, Dane County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 11, 1861, at Madison, WI, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). He took part in the battles of Perryville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and Chattanooga. Erikson served as an orderly in Hospital No. 2 at Murfreesboro from March 1, 1863. He mustered out with B Company at Chattanooga, TN, on December 1, 1864.

After the war, he married Julia (Johanna) Anderson in 1866 and moved to Brule, Union County, Dakota Territory, by 1870. They had six children: Maria G./Mary 1867-1873, Josephine 1869-1916, Karin 1871-1873, Edvard Olaus/Ed Olai  1873-1934, Karen Marie /Carrie 1875-1947, and Julia ?-?, Erickson was a farmer. He died on July 17, 1909, and is buried in Brule Creek Cemetery, Spink Township, Union County, SD. On August 6, 1909, Johanna filed a pension in his name in South Dakota.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-4; 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, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 380; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 295; 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; WPA Veterans Cemetery Records, Union County, South Dakota State Historical Society, Pierre, SD ; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_144; 1900 Census, Roll: 1555, Page: 3A, Enumeration District: 0335, FHL microfilm: 1241555; “Norwegian Immigrants 1850 and later”, database, NAGCNL, #64074, #38137; digitalarkivet;; findagrave.