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John Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

John Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1828 –

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Bellville, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

8 Dec 1861

John Hanson was born in Tinn, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company G. The men of the company called themselves the “Rock River Rangers.”

The army listed Hanson as living in Bellville, Dane County, WI, age 33, married, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, brown hair, dark complexion, and stood 6’. He enlisted for three years on October 15, 1861 at Bellville, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 8, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was on leave from Camp Randall, Madison on February 28, 1862 and did not return. He was listed as deserter.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-9,-15; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.102; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.534; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.312.