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Hans L. Jacobsen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Hans L. Jacobsen Profile Image
Andrew (left) and his brother Hans of Company D. Believed taken mid-January 1862 at Madison, Wisconsin.
Photograph courtesy of Manetta Henning, a relative of the Jacobsen boys.

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Name at EnlistHans L. Jacobsen
Birth Name
Other NamesHans L. Overboe, Hans Overbo
Lived13 Jun 1840 - 3 Feb 1862
Birth PlaceØvrebø in Stendal
Birth CountryNorway
Resident of Muster-InPine Lake, Waukesha County, WI
Company at EnlistmentD
Rank at EnlistmentPrivate
Muster Date10 Dec 1861
Death LocationPine Lake, Waukesha County, WI
Burial LocationSt. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Stone Bank, Waukesha County, WI

Hans L. Jacobson was born on June 13, 1840 at Øvrebø in Stendal, Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company D. The men of the company called themselves the “Norway Wolf Hunters.” They were also known as the “Waupun Company” because so many of its members were from Waupun. The army listed him as living in Pine Lake, Waukesha County, WI, age 21, unmarried, and a farmer. He had blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, and stood 5’9½”. He enlisted for three years on October 30, 1861 at Oconomowoc, WI, and mustered in Madison, WI on December 10, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He died at his home in Pine Lake on February 3, 1862. He was buried at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery, Stone Bank, Waukesha County, WI.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-6,15; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.60; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.446; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.294; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p. 301; Blaine Hedberg, NAGC&NL.