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Jens Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jens Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1816 –

Resident of Muster-In

Onalaska, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

1 Dec 1861



Spouse Lived

Nov 1818-

Jens Hanson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.”

The army listed Hanson as living in Onalaska, La Crosse County, WI and age 45. He enlisted for three years on October 23, 1861 at La Crosse, and mustered on December 1, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He was left sick in hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was discharged from the service at Jacinto, MS on account of disability on August 6, 1862.

After the war, he moved back to La Crosse County. He and his wife, Mary, had 4 children. By 1900, only 2 were still living, including Knute (1856). Mary was living with Knute at the time of the 1900 Census, as Jens died before 1890.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-7; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.74; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.479; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.304; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 116, Page: 2, Enumeration District: 162; 1900 Census, Roll: 1795, Page: 5B, Enumeration District: 0087, FHL microfilm: 1241795.