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William K. Hansen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

William K. Hansen

Birth Name

William Knudsen Hansen

Other Names



18 Feb 1843 – 19 Jan 1899

Birth Place

Boone County, IL

Birth Country


Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Death Location

Franklin County, NE


Anne Evensdatter Skari

Mother Lived



Knud Hansen Svartdal

Father Lived

1791-Oct 1849


Martha Holverson

Married On

28/30 Mar 1866

Marriage Location

Boone County, IL

William Knudsen Hansen was born on February 18, 1843 in Boone County, IL. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C as a Private (Menig). The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

Knudsen was married Martha Holverson on March 28/30, 1866, Boone County, IL. He died on January 19, 1899, in Franklin County, NE. [WV index shows a William K. Hanson in the 4th Battery. There is also a William Hanson in 14th Co. G].


Sources: Grimsrud; Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1934, GS Film #1914102, Digital Folder #004539270, Image #00397.