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Hans A. Lageson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment
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Wisconsin Historical Society, Iconography, ID 80705

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Name at Enlist

Hans A. Lageson

Birth Name

Hans Andreas Lagesen

Other Names

Lagerson, Lagesen


18 Mar 1837 – 27 Jun 1912

Birth Place

Engen farm near Hønefos, Buskerud

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Paint Creek, Allamakee County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

27 Jan 1862

Death Location

Pope County, MN

Burial Location

Chippewa Falls Cemetery, Pope County, MN


Alette Simensdatter


Lage Nielsen




Guro Danielsen

Spouse Lived

1845- 1913

Married On

8 May 1866

Marriage Location

Fayette, Winneshiek County, IA

Hans Andreas Lageson was born on March 18, 1837 at Engen farm near Hønefos, Buskerud, Norway. He was the son of Lage Nielsen and Alette Simensdatter. He came to America in 1855 and settled near Rockford, IL. Later, he moved to Allamakee County, IA.

Lageson joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company B. The men of the company called themselves the “Wergeland Guards” in honor of Henrik Wergeland, the famous Norwegian writer and poet. The army listed him as living in Paint Creek, Allamakee County, IA, age 23, a leather worker, and unmarried.

He enlisted for three years on January 18, 1862 at Madison, WI, and mustered there on January 27, 1862 as a Private (Menig). He was left sick at Mississippi River Island No. 10 on June 11, 1862. Lageson served on military police duty on the 17th, 20th and 24th of December 1862. He was wounded, shot through an ankle, and taken prisoner at Chickamauga, GA on September 29, 1863. He was held near Atlanta and then exchanged after four months. Lageson was absent because of illness. He was discharged from the service because of his wounds from Harvey Hospital in Madison on January 23, 1865.

After the war, he was married on May 8, 1866 to Guro Danielsen. The wedding took place in Fayette, Winneshiek County, IA. Together, they had at least eight children: Louise M. (1867), John D. (1869), Sophia E. (1870), Julia C. (1871), Albert G. (1873), Maria T., (1874) Herman A. (1876), and Josephine O. (1879). Louise was born in IA, but the rest were born in MN, so the family relocated to MN between 1867 and 1869.

Lageson and his family lived in Chippewa Falls, Pope County, MN after relocating from IA. He worked as a farmer. Many of his possessions, including Civil War items, are in the Pope County Museum at Glenwood, MN. He died on June 27, 1912 and is buried in Chippewa Falls Cemetery, Pope County, MN. Guro died in 1913 and is buried in the same cemetery.


Sources: Series 1200: Records of Civil War Regiments, 1861-1900, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, box 76-4; Regimental muster and descriptive rolls, 1861-1865, Wisconsin Adjutant General’s Office, vol.20, p.32; Grand daughter Lois Gibson, Regina, Saskatchewan; Det Femtende Regiment, Wisconsin Frivillige [The Fifteenth Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteers], Ole A. Buslett (Decorah, Iowa, 1894), p.386, photo; Nordmaendene i Amerika, Martin Ulvestad, 1907, History Book Co., Minneapolis, MN, p.303; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire,WI, p.274, photo, p.295; The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.625; Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers, War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865, Vol I & II, compiled under direction of the Adjutant General, Madison, WI, 1886, p.809; Lars Gjertveit, Bodo, Norway; 1880 Census, Roll: 629, Family History Film: 1254629, Page: 455C, Enumeration District: 023, Image: 0515; 1900 Census, Roll: 782, Page: 5B, Enumeration District: 0246, FHL microfilm: 1240782; 1910 Census, Roll: T624_712, Page: 5B, Enumeration District: 0098, FHL microfilm: 1374725; Minnesota Death Index, State File #009845, Certificate #009845, Record #101290;; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_270; U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Records, p.342.