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Bjorn Halvorson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Bjorn Halvorson

Birth Name

ca. 1840 – 15 Dec 1863

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Madison, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

26 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN

Bjorn Halvorson was born in Hallingdal, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway. The army listed him as living in Madison, Dane County, WI, a farmer, age 23, and unmarried. He had blue eyes, blond hair, fair complexion, and stood 5’5”. He enlisted for three years on February 24, 1862 at Decorah, Winneshiek County IA, and mustered on February 26, 1862 at Madison as a Private (Menig). He was sick on August 15, 1862, and sent to hospital in Albany. He was moved to a hospital in Louisville, KY on August 26, 1862. He was wounded in Chickamauga, GA on September 20, 1863. He was then sent to a hospital in Chattanooga, TN on November 28, 1863, where he died on December 15, 1863.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.88; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.505; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.307; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.286.