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Lewis Erikson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lewis Erikson

Birth Name
Other Names

Lewis Erickson


ca. 1842 – ca. 1919

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Portland, Monroe County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861



Spouse Lived


Lewis Erikson was born in 1842 in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Erikson as living in Portland, Monroe County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 12, 1861 at Monroe, and mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was sick, became unfit for service. Erikson was discharged at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on account of disability on June 19, 1862 by order of General Henry W. Halleck.

After the war, he married Ellen. She was born in 1849 in Norway. They had at least three children: Amanda (1885), Henry Nordal (1889), and Fryda (1903). In 1905, they were living in Portland, Monroe County, WI and he was a farmer. On June 26, 1919, Ellen filed a pension in his name.

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.474; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.303; Civil War Pension Index, Roll # T288_144; WI 1905 Census, Roll #CSUSAWI1905_20.