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Christian Mayer joined the WI 15th Infantry, Company C as a Sergeant (Sersjant). 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.
He was one of three 15th Regiment Sergeants recommended to Governor Edward Salomon as worthy of promotion to a position as an officer in a future regiment.
Sources: The Military History of Wisconsin in the War for the Union, Edwin B. Quiner, 1866, Clarke & Co., Chicago, p.131.