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Simon Jurgenson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Simon Jurgenson

Birth Name
Other Names

Simen Jorgenson, Jorgensen, Jorgenson


15 Jun 1830 – 18 Aug 1916

Birth Place

Vang near Storhammer

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Ettrick, Trempealeau County, WI

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

10 Feb 1864

Death Location

Ettrick, Trempealeau County, WI

Burial Location

French Creek, Ettrick, Trempealeau County, WI




Agnethe Johannesdatter

Spouse Lived


Simon Jurgenson was born on June 15, 1830 at Vang near Storhammer, Norway. He married Agnethe Johannesdatter. The couple and two daughters came to WI in 1861.

Jurgenson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company E. The men of the company called themselves “Odin’s Rifles.” The army listed him as living in Ettrick, Trempealeau County, WI, age 35, a farmer, and married. He had gray eyes, brown hair, sandy complexion, and stood 5’9”. He enlisted for three years on February 10, 1864 in La Crosse County, WI, and mustered at La Crosse the same day as a Private (Menig).

Jurgenson joined Company E at Knoxville, TN. He was seriously wounded in his right knee at Resacca, GA on May 14, 1864 and sent to the hospital. He transferred to Company H at Whiteside, TN on December 20, 1864. He was temporarily assigned to the 24th Infantry and the transferred to I Company of the 13th Infantry on June 11, 1864. He mustered out at Madison on August 8, 1865 as a member of Company E. He was sick at the time of his muster out.

After the war, Jurgenson and his family lived in Ettrick, Trempealeau, WI. He and Agnethe had at least four children after they immigrated to WI: Iver (1866), Liza (1871), Julia (1875), and Ida (1879). He died on August 18, 1916 near Ettrick, WI, and was buried in the French Creek churchyard.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-13; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.18, p.178; vol. 20, p.76; Payroll muster rolls of WI 15th Co E, saved by Captain T. A. Rossing; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.483; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.304; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.300; “Pensioners on the Roll as of January 1, 1883 (living in Wisconsin)”, Park Genealogical Books, Roseville, Minnesota, publ. 1998.; NAGC&NL;  Minneapolis Tidende, 30 Aug 1916; 1880 Census, Roll: 1448, Family History Film: 1255448, Page: 75A, Enumeration District: 063; 1890 Veterans Schedule, Roll: 116, Page: 1, Enumeration District: 284; 1905 WI Census, Roll # CSUSAWI1905_29, Line 31;