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Martin Jenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Martin Jenson

Birth Name
Other Names

Martin Jensson Imsdalen; Morten Jenson; Jensen


22 Dec 1836 – 18 Oct 1920

Birth Place


Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

20 Dec 1861

Death Location

Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI

Burial Location

Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery, Section I Row 37, Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI




Martha Jorgenson

Spouse Lived

15 Jan 1843 – 3 Mar 1920

Married On


Marriage Location


Martin Jenson was born in Ringebu, Norway in on December 22, 1836. He immigrated in 1857.

He joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company I. The men of the company called themselves the “Scandinavian Mountaineers” but were also known as the “Waupaca Company” because so many of them were living in that WI county when they enlisted. The army listed him as living in Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI, age 24, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on November 14, 1861 at Scandinavia, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 20, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Jenson was with the provisions transport from Stevenson, AL in September and October 1863. He was promoted to Corporal (Korporal). He mustered out with Company I at Chattanooga, TN on February 10, 1865.

After the war, he moved back to Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI where he spent the rest of his life. In 1866, he married Martha Jorgenson. Together, they had at least four children, including: Paul M. (1878), Eva (1872), Fred (1874), and John E. (1883). In their later years, they lived with Paul and his wife, Edna. Martin died on October 18, 1920 and his buried in Scandinavia Cemetery, Scandinavia, Waupaca County, WI. Martha died a few months prior on March 3 and is buried in the same cemetery.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-11; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.130; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.594; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.295; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.315, e51; Douglas County Historical Society, Alexandria, MN; Jerry Rosholt, Vesterheim, Decorah, IA, cemetery visitation; 1890 Veterans Schedule, Roll: 115, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 70; 1900 Census, Roll: 1823, Page: 3B, Enumeration District: 0137, FHL microfilm: 1241823; -1905 WI Census, Roll #CSUSAW1905_32, Line 36; 1920 Census, Roll: T625_2022, Page: 7B, Enumeration District: 150, Image: 50; Wisconsin Marriage Records, Batch #M00332-8, GS Film #1275607, Ref ID cn187 p 398;