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John Gulbrandson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Gulbrandson

Birth Name

John Gulbrandson


Mar 1829 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

New Lisbon, Juneau County, Wisconsin

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861




Gulbran Halverson




Adaline J. Nelson

Spouse Lived


Married On

22 Jul 1872

Marriage Location

Lewiston, Columbia County, WI

John Gulbrandson was born in March 1829 in Norway to Gulbran and Mary Halverson. He immigrated in 1860.

Gulbrandson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun.

The army listed Gulbrandson as living in New Lisbon, Juneau County, WI, age 31, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on October 28, 1861 at New Lisbon, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 8, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Nashville, TN on December 26, 1863 and was in the Convalescent camp of the 1st Division. He was sick again and sent to the camp hospital from the battlefield on September 19, 1863 (1864?).  He was listed as sick in a hospital in Chattanooga, TN on September 24, 1863 (1864?) and was there on October 24 and November 28. He was also wounded at Chickamauga. He mustered out with Company D on February 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he married Adaline J. Nelson on July 22, 1872 in Lewiston, Columbia, WI. She was born in 1857 in WI to Niels and Anna Nelson. They had seven children, five of whom were living in 1900, including Alfred (1874), Mary (1876), Henry (1886), Edwin (1890).  In 1890 they were living in Audubon, Becker County, MN and he was working as a farmer.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office boxes 76-6, 78-3; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.58; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillage [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1895), p.441; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.284; Oberst Heg og hans Gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire WI, p.300; 1900 Census, Roll: 756, Page: 11A, Enumeration District: 0002, FHL microfilm: 1240756; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_190; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch # M00339-6, GS Film # 1275882.