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Gunder Jorganson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Gunder Jorganson

Birth Name
Other Names

Jorgenson, Gjorgenson


ca. 1831 – 4 May 1862

Resident of Muster-In

Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

12 Dec 1861

Cause of Death


Death Location

Mississippi River Island No. 10

Burial Location

National Cemetery in Memphis, TN

Gunder Jorganson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company F. The men of the company called themselves “KK’s Protectors” in honor of the 15th’s first Lieutenant Colonel, Kiler K. Jones. “F” was also known as the Valdres Company because a large number of its members hailed from the Valdres region of Norway. The army listed him as living in Manitowoc, Manitowoc County, WI, age 30, and unmarried. Jorganson enlisted for three years on November 5, 1861 at Manitowoc, and mustered at Madison, WI on December 12, 1861 as a Private (Menig). He died of disease in a general hospital at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on May 4, 1862 and was buried in the “Mississippi River” National Cemetery in Memphis, TN. In 1863, a minor named J.P. Johnson filed a pension in his name. In 1890, a woman claiming to be his widow named Kristie Jorgenson filed a pension in his name. It is unclear if she was, in fact, his widow, but the name and service record for Gunder is correct in the file.

Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-8; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.88; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.508; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.307; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.300; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_251.