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Hans J. Helgeson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Hans J. Helgeson

Birth Name

ca. 1839 – 19 Mar 1863

Resident of Muster-In

Mitchell County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Nashville, TN

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Nashville; section E, grave 500

Hans J. Helgeson 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 Helgeson as living in Mitchell County, IA, age 33, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 23, 1862 in Mitchell County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Union City, TN in June 1862. He was on Military Police duty in October 1862. Helgeson was sick in Nashville, TN in December 1862. On March 19, 1863, he died of disease in general hospital in Nashville. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Nashville, section E, grave 500.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-12, 77-8; 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.626; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.290; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.317.