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Jacob Jacobson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Jacob Jacobson

Birth Name

ca. 1818 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Aug 1862

Jacob Jacobson was born in Norway. He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet. The army listed him as living in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, WI, age 44, and a sailor. He had brown eyes, gray hair, ruddy complexion, and stood 5’9”. He enlisted for three years on August 20, 1862 at Milwaukee, and mustered there the same day as a Private (Menig). He had a bounty of $100. Jacobson was wounded at Chickamauga, GA on September 19, 1863, sent to hospital in Chattanooga, TN, and then north to Harvey Hospital in Madison, WI. He was discharged from the service from there because of his wounds on September 20, 1864. In 1890, he was living in New Glarus, Dane County, WI.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-15; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.32; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.625; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.385; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.294; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison WI, 1886, p.809; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_239; 1890 Veterans Schedule, Roll: 113, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 45.