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Rasmus Jenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Rasmus Jenson

Birth Name

ca. 1832 – 2 Feb 1864

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Racine, Racine County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

5 Dec 1862

Cause of Death


Death Location

Prison in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA

Burial Location

National Cemetery at Marietta, Cobb County, GA, section A, grave 225

Rasmus Jenson was born in Denmark. 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 Jenson as living in Racine, Racine County, WI, a farmer, and age 30. He had blue eyes, brown hair, light complexion, and stood 5’6”. He enlisted for three years on November 29, 1862 at Racine, and mustered on December 5, 1862 at Madison, WI as a Private (Menig). He had a bounty of $100. He was sick in Murfreesboro, TN on June 1863. Jenson was wounded and taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA on September 19, 1863. He died of wounds in a prison in Atlanta, GA on February 2, 1864 and was buried in National Cemetery at Marietta, GA, section A, grave 225.

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.46; Ole A. Buslett, Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers] (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.419; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.298; Martin Ulvestad, Nordmændene i Amerika, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.295.