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Morten Jenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
Morten  Jenson Profile Image
Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 87556

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Name at Enlist

Morten Jenson

Birth Name
Other Names

Martin Jenson


ca. 1834 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Fillmore County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862


ca. 1859



Spouse Lived

ca. 1830-

Married On

ca. 1854

Marriage Location


Mortin Jenson was born about 1834 in Norway. He married Christina ca. 1854 and they had at least three children in Norway before immigrating: Julia (1854), Matilda (1856), and Otila (1858). Shortly thereafter, they moved to MN.

He 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 him as living in Fillmore County, MN, age 28, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 25, 1862 in Fillmore County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was sick in Nashville, TN in December 1862. Jenson became unfit for service and was discharged at Nashville on February 3, 1863.

After the war, he returned to Rushford, Fillmore County, MN. He and Christina had at least two more children: Caroline (1864) and Mary (1869).

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office box 76-12; Regimental Muster and Descriptive Rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.144; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.629 photo; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.283 (photo), p.318; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_242; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_4, Page: 530, Image: 142, Family History Library Film: 830424.