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Hans Jacobson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Hans Jacobson

Birth Name

Hans Andersen Rønnigen

Other Names

Hans Jacobsen Rynning


1 Jul 1835 – 18 Jul 1903

Birth Place

Rønningen, Bø parish, Telemark

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Norway Township, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

2 Dec 1861

Burial Location

Saude Lutheran Cemetery, Lawler, Chickasaw County, IA


Kirsten/Kirsti Henrichsdatter Lykken

Mother Lived

7 Dec 1807-31 Jul 1889


Andres/Anders Jacobsen Rønningen

Father Lived

14 Oct 1807-ca. 1870


26 Jun 1843


Anna Johnson/Anna Jensdatter Hunnekilen

Spouse Lived

19 Sep 1839-1 Apr 1906

Married On

9 May 1865

Marriage Location

Raymond, Racine County, WI

Hans was born at Rønningen, Lunde parish, Bø, Telemark, and came to Racine County, WI, with his parents and brothers on Argo in 1843. He 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 him as living in Norway Township, Racine County, WI, age 25, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 6, 1861, at Waterford, WI, and mustered on December 2, 1861, at Madison, WI, as a Sergeant (Sersjant). Jacobson was wounded in the shoulder and head and taken prisoner at Stones River, TN, on December 31, 1862. He was exchanged on parole at St. Louis, MO, and then sent to Columbus, OH, still on parole. On January 1, 1864, and September 25, 1864, he was sick in Annapolis, MD. He was mustered out with the Company on January 1, 1865, at Chattanooga, TN. His bounty due then was $100.

After the war he married Anna and, in 1867, settled near Saude, Howard County, IA. They had seven children including: Andrew Martin (1867-1953), Mary Christine (1869-1955), James Henry (1870-1927), Louise Olivia (1873-1954), John William (1875-1954), and Anna Caroline (1879-1968). Hans died July 18, 1903, and was buried Saude Lutheran Cemetery, Lawler, Chickasaw County, IA.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, boxes 76-5, 79-1; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol. 20, p. 42; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] Ole A. Buslett, 1894, B. Anundsen, Decorah, IA, p. 417; Nordmændene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN  p. 260; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 275 (photo), p. 298; 1860 census, Roll: M653_1427, Page: 803, Image: 421, Family History Library Film: 805427; 1880 Census, Roll: 344, Family History Film: 1254344, Page: 480A, Enumeration District: 246, Image: 0523; New Hampton Iowa Newspaper, 1903 and 1906; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume One 1825-1843, Gerhard B. Naeseth, 2008, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 245, ID 1063; Norwegian Immigrants to the United States. A Biographical Directory, 1825-1850. Volume Two 1844-1846, Gerhard B. Naeseth, edited by Blaine Hedberg, 1997, Anundsen Publishing Co., Decorah, IA, p. 83, ID 1033;; Wm. Sayles.