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Nils Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Nils Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1830 –

Resident of Muster-In

Neshonoc, La Crosse County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Death Location

Clay County, MN

Nils 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 Neshonoc, LaCrosse County, WI, age 31, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 14, 1861 in La Crosse County, and mustered on December 10, 1861 at Madison, WI as a Wagonmaster. He was left sick at Florence, AL at the general hospital on August 26, 1862. He was reduced to ranks from Wagonmaster on November 1, 1862. He was fined $5 on May 15, 1863 by sentence of Regimental Provost. On September 19, 1863, he was wounded, shot under his left eye, at Chickamauga, GA and taken prisoner. He was paroled and sent to hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was discharged from the service at U. S. Hospital No.8 at Nashville, TN on April 30, 1864 for disability on account of his wound.

After the war, Hanson returned to WI. He married and had at least 2 children: Lina (1868) and Agnette (1870). By 1880, he was widowed and living with his daughters in Eglon, Clay County, MN. He worked as a farmer. He died in Clay County, MN.


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; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.625; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_198; 1880 Census, Roll: 617, Family History Film: 1254617, Page: 530A, Enumeration District: 192, Image: 0465.