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Christen Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Christen Hanson

Birth Name

8 Mar 1835 – 1 Jun 1908

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Stoughton, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death

Heart attack

Death Location

Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc, WI

Burial Location

Gjerpen Cemetery, Madsen, Manitowoc County, WI




Gro (also called Julia and Grace)

Spouse Lived

1824- 1913

Married On


Christen Hanson was born on March 8, 1835 in Norway. He immigrated in 1860 to WI. Hanson joined WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet.

The army listed Hanson as living in Stoughton, Dane County, WI, age 29, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 13, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Corporal (Korporal). He was sick in hospital at Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862. He was also sick in Nashville, TN on the 8th & 10th of December 1862. He was left behind with the supply train on September 11, 1863 because of illness. He was again reported sick on December 24, 1864, which was after the mustering out of B Company, which took place on December 1, 1864 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, he married Gro (also called Julia or Grace) in 1868 in WI. They had one daughter, Ann. They lived in Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc County, WI and he worked as a farmer. Hanson died on June 20, 1908 of a heart attack.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.30; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.383 [lists his home as Merton, Waukesha County, WI] ; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Publ. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.295; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison WI, 1886, p.808; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.263; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_198;; 1870 Census, Roll: M593_1723, Page: 272A, Image: 547, Family History Library Film: 553222; 1900 Census, Roll: 1797, Page: 1B, Enumeration District: 0078, FHL microfilm: 1241797.