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Lars Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lars Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1833 – 3 Sept 1863

Resident of Muster-In

Stoughton, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

16 Nov 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Andersonville Prison, Macon County, GA

Burial Location

Andersonville Cemetery, Macon County, GA; grave 7649

Lars Hanson joined the 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 28, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 15, 1861 at Madison, WI and mustered there on November 16, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He was taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA on September 20, 1863, and died of scorbutus (scurvy) at Andersonville Prison on September 8, 1864. He was buried in Andersonville Cemetery, grave 7649.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-4, 259-2; 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.384; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.288; 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; The Martyrs who, for our country, gave up their lives in the prison pens in AndersonvilleGeorgia, Quartermaster General’a Office, publ. 1866, p.89; Prisoners who died at Andersonville Prison, Atwater List, pub. 1865.