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Peter Jorgensen

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Peter Jorgensen

Birth Name

ca. 1837 – 17 Apr 1881

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Randolph, Columbia County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Dec 1861

Death Location

Odessa, Lafayette County, MO

Burial Location

Odessa Cemetery, Odessa, Lafayette County, MO


Elizabeth Mary McCarthy

Spouse Lived

15 Feb 1843- 5 Nov 1931

Peter Jorgensen was born in Denmark in 1837. 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 him as living in Randolph, Columbia County, WI, age 31, and married. He enlisted for three years on December 2, 1861 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on December 10, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Jorgensen was wounded at Stones River, TN on December 30, 1862, and sent to hospital at Nashville, TN. He was then on to the camp at Denison, OH; Cincinnati, OH; and on to Louisville, KY. He was transferred to the Veteran Reserve Corps on December 1, 1863. Jorgensen mustered out on December 31, 1864.

After the war, Jorgensen moved to MO. He and his wife, Elizabeth Mary, had at least three children: Mary (1871), Wallace (1872), and Daniel (1875). Peter died on April 17, 1881 in Odessa, MO. He and his wife, along with their two sons, are buried in Odessa Cemetery, Lafayette County, MO. Elizabeth filed a pension in his name in 1892.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-5; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin; Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.46; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.420; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.300; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.299; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.621; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_251;