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Hans Gunderson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Hans Gunderson

Birth Name

Hans Gundersen Haugen

Other Names

Hans Gunderson Haugen; Grunderson, Gunduson


ca. 1837 – 11 Oct 1864

Birth Place

Hjartdal, Telemark

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville National Cemetery, Macon County, GA, grave 10,691

Hans Gunderson was born “Hans Gunderson Haugen” in Hjartdal, Telemark about 1837. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of his company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted.

The army listed Gunderson as living in Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 12, 1861 at Scandinavia, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was promoted to Sergeant (Sersjant) on February 1, 1862. He was sick in Chattanooga, TN on September 1863. On May 27, 1864, he was taken prisoner at New Hope Church, GA. He died of scurvy in Andersonville Prison on October 11, 1864. He was buried there in grave 10,691.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-11, 259-2; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.126; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.590; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.285, p.259; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.314, e.50; GPO p.85; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; “Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison” Atwater List, publ 1865.