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Thorbjorn Hanson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Thorbjorn Hanson

Birth Name

ca. 1840 – 21 Jan 1864

Resident of Muster-In

Madison, Dane County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

25 Feb 1862

Cause of Death

diarrhea or scurvy

Death Location

Libby Prison, Richmond, VA

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Danville, VA

Thorbjorn Hanson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Bear Hunters,” but they were also known as the Color Company because the regimental Color Guard was attached to their company.

The army listed Hanson as living in Madison, Dane County, WI, age 21, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on February 25, 1862 at Madison, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). He was left behind at Springfield, KY on October 7, 1862 because of illness. He was moved to a hospital in Bowling Green, KY. On December 30, 1862, he was seriously wounded in Battle at Stones River, TN, sent to the hospital in Nashville, TN, and then to New Albany, IN. He was taken prisoner in Battle of Chickamauga, GA on September 19, 1863. He died of either diarrhea or scurvy in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA on January 21, 1864. He was buried in Danville, VA, National Cemetery.


Sources: Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.46; Det Femtende Regiment. Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett, Decorah, IA, 1894, p.416; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.289; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.298; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.621.