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Lars Jorgenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Lars Jorgenson

Birth Name

ca. 1822 –

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Freeborn County, MN

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

11 Feb 1862



Spouse Lived

14 Feb 1813- 24 Jul 1906

Lars Jorgenson 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 Freeborn County, MN, age 40, and married. He enlisted for three years on January 20, 1862 in Freeborn County, and mustered at Madison, WI on February 11, 1862 as a Private (Menig). Jorgenson was left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. He was missing on March 31, 1863 and classified as deserter on April 30, 1863. It was reported that he had been discharged from the service.

After the war, Jorgenson lived in Albert Lea, Freeborn County, MN. He and his wife, Barret, had at least two children: George/Jorgen (1850) and Anne (1857). He worked as a farmer. He died before 1890. In 1906, Barret died and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, New York Mills, Otter Tail County, MN.


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; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.631; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.300; FCHS; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_251; 1870 Census, Roll: T132_4, Page: 894, Image: 328, Family History Library Film: 830424; MN 1875 Census, Roll #MNSC_7, Line 3; 1890 Veterans Schedule, Roll: 25, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 191;