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Mathias Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Mathias Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1816 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Mower County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862


Maren (Mary)

Spouse Lived


Mathias Hanson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company K. The company called itself Clausen’s Guards in honor of the 15th’s first Chaplain, Claus L. Clausen.  Most of the company was recruited from Scandinavian communities in MN and IA, with the rest from WI.

The army listed Hanson as living in Mower County, MN, age 46, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on January 3, 1862 in Mower County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left behind sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was listed as deserter on April 30, 1863. He was reported to have been discharged from the service.

After the war, he moved back to Nevada Township, Mower County, MN. In 1870, he was living with his wife, Maren (Mary). They had no children. He was working as a farm laborer. In 1880, they still lived in Nevada and he was working as a carpenter. In 1890, he was suffering from deafness.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-12, Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.144; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.625; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.288; 1890 Veterans Schedules, Roll: 22, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 224; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_8, Page: 54, Image: 30, Family History Library Film: 830428; 1880 Census, Roll: 626, Family History Film: 1254626, Page: 614B, Enumeration District: 173, Image: 0958.