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Michael Larson

15th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
The Scandinavian Regiment

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Name at Enlist

Michael Larson

Birth Name
Other Names

Michel, Mickel


25 Sep 1842 – 10 May 1924

Birth Country


Resident of Muster-In

Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA

Company at Enlistment


Rank at Enlistment


Muster Date

29 Dec 1861

Death Location

Retsil, Kitsap County, WA

Burial Location

Washington Veterans Home Cemetery, Retsil, Kitsap County, WA


Elizabeth Olson


Lars N. Larson



Michael Larson was born on September 25, 1842 in Norway. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1847.

Larson 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 Decorah, Winneshiek County, IA, age 18, and unmarried. He enlisted for three years on December 5, 1861 at Decorah and mustered at Madison, WI on December 29, 1861 as a Private (Menig). Larson was sick in the hospital on July 20, 1862; sick in Iuka, MS on August 21, 1862; and sick in Murfreesboro, TN on March 21, 1863. He was wounded in the Battle at Resaca, GA from May 8 to 13, 1864. He mustered out with Company F on January 13, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.

After the war, Larson remained single. He eventually relocated to Retsil, Kitsap County, WA. In 1920, he was living in a Veterans Home in Retsil. He died on May 10, 1924 and is buried in the Washington Veterans Home Cemetery in Retsil.


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.509; Oberst Heg og hans gutter, Waldemar Ager, 1916, Fremad Pub. Co., Eau Claire, WI, p.307;  The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.628;; Civil War Pension Index, Roll #T288_274; 1920 Census, Roll: T625_1931, Page: 2A, Enumeration District: 71, Image: 1118; Washington, Select Death Certificates, 1907-1960 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.